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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for meanness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper