adjective, meek·er, meek·est.

humbly patient or docile, as under provocation from others.
overly submissive or compliant; spiritless; tame.
Obsolete. gentle; kind.

Origin of meek

1150–1200; Middle English meke, meoc < Old Norse mjūkr soft, mild, meek
Related formsmeek·ly, adverbmeek·ness, nouno·ver·meek, adjectiveo·ver·meek·ly, adverbo·ver·meek·ness, noun

Synonyms for meek

1. forbearing; yielding; unassuming; pacific, calm, soft. See gentle. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for meekest

Historical Examples of meekest

  • She followed me to the door in the meekest manner, but declined the arm I offered.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • You're just the meekest little mouse that ever came under the paw of a cat.

    Jack O' Judgment

    Edgar Wallace

  • As I explained to him afterwards, a woman is most dangerous when at her meekest.

    They and I

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • Olga married Count Taroc, and settled down into the meekest of wives.

  • Their founder and preachers were among the boldest and yet the meekest of the non-conformists.

    The Witch of Salem

    John R. Musick

British Dictionary definitions for meekest



patient, long-suffering, or submissive in disposition or nature; humble
spineless or spiritless; compliant
an obsolete word for gentle
Derived Formsmeekly, adverbmeekness, noun

Word Origin for meek

C12: related to Old Norse mjūkr amenable; compare Welsh mwytho to soften
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Word Origin and History for meekest



c.1200, "gentle, quiet, unaggressive; benevolent, kind; courteous, humble, unassuming;" of a woman, "modest," from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse mjukr "soft, pliant, gentle"), from Proto-Germanic *meukaz (cf. Gothic muka-modei "humility," Dutch muik "soft"), of uncertain origin, perhaps from PIE *meug- "slippery, slimy." In the Bible, it translates Latin mansuetus from Vulgate (see mansuetude). Sense of "submissive" is from mid-14c.



"those who are meek," c.1200, from meek (adj.).

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