menial

[mee-nee-uhl, meen-yuhl]

adjective

lowly and sometimes degrading: menial work.
servile; submissive: menial attitudes.
pertaining to or suitable for domestic servants; humble: menial furnishings.

noun

a domestic servant.
a servile person.

Nearby words

  1. menger,
  2. mengistu haile mariam,
  3. mengzi,
  4. menhaden,
  5. menhir,
  6. menially,
  7. menilite,
  8. meninga,
  9. meningeal,
  10. meningeal artery

Origin of menial

1350–1400; Middle English meynyal < Anglo-French me(i)nial. See meiny, -al1

SYNONYMS FOR menial
2. fawning. See servile. 4. attendant, underling, hireling, lackey.

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British Dictionary definitions for menial

menial

adjective

consisting of or occupied with work requiring little skill, esp domestic duties such as cleaning
of, involving, or befitting servants
servile

noun

a domestic servant
a servile person
Derived Formsmenially, adverb

Word Origin for menial

C14: from Anglo-Norman meignial, from Old French meinie household. See meiny

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