adjective, meek·er, meek·est.
Origin of meek
Examples from the Web for meekness
Meekness is less than ever an attractive quality in American life.
Colomban bore with meekness and surprise the weight of the general reprobation.Penguin Island|Anatole France
She was angered quickly, but she forgave just as readily, and underneath her pride there was the meekness of a child.Return of the Native|Thomas Hardy
With a provoking air of meekness she said, 'I only want to know what you expect of me.'Heartsease|Charlotte M. Yonge
I find in it the happiest mixture of spiritual authority, the meekness of a Christian, and the good manners of a gentleman.The Works of William Cowper|William Cowper
On my conscience, I believe it has only made him worse; because he knew he never should be censured by such a pattern of meekness.The Sylph, Volume I and II|Georgiana Cavendish
Word Origin for meek
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.).