meek

[ meek ]
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adjective, meek·er, meek·est.

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

Nearby words

  1. medvedev,
  2. medway,
  3. mee,
  4. meech lake accord,
  5. meed,
  6. meekly,
  7. meekness,
  8. meer,
  9. meer, jan van der,
  10. meerkat

Origin of meek

1150–1200; Middle English meke, meoc < Old Norse mjūkr soft, mild, meek

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British Dictionary definitions for meekness

meek

/ (miːk) /

adjective

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 meekness
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