meanness

[meen-nis]

noun

the state or quality of being mean.
a mean act: to answer meannesses with forgiveness.

Nearby words

  1. meaningful relationship,
  2. meaningfully,
  3. meaningless,
  4. meaningly,
  5. meanly,
  6. means,
  7. means grass,
  8. means of production,
  9. means test,
  10. means-test

Origin of meanness

First recorded in 1550–60; mean2 + -ness

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Word Origin and History for meanness

meanness

n.

1550s, "weakness," from mean (adj.) + -ness. Sense of "baseness, poverty" is from 1650s; that of "stinginess" from 1755.

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