meany

or mean·ie

[ mee-nee ]
/ ˈmi ni /

noun, plural mean·ies. Informal.

a small-minded, petty, or malicious person: The children said their teacher was a real meany.

Nearby words

  1. meanspiritedly,
  2. meant,
  3. meantime,
  4. meantone system,
  5. meanwhile,
  6. meany, george,
  7. mear,
  8. mearns,
  9. meas.,
  10. measle

Origin of meany

First recorded in 1925–30; mean2 + -y2

Meany

[ mee-nee ]
/ ˈmi ni /

noun

George,1894–1980, U.S. labor leader: 3rd president of the AFL 1952–55; 1st president of the AFL-CIO 1955–79.
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British Dictionary definitions for meany

meany

/ (ˈmiːnɪ) /

noun

informal a variant spelling of meanie
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Word Origin and History for meany

meany

see meanie.

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