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menial

[ mee-nee-uhl, meen-yuhl ]
/ ˈmi ni əl, ˈmin yəl /
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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.
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Origin of menial

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English meynyal, from Anglo-French me(i)nial; see meiny, -al1

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2. See servile.

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British Dictionary definitions for menial

menial
/ (ˈmiːnɪəl) /

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 forms of menial

menially, adverb

Word Origin for menial

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