menial

[ mee-nee-uhl, meen-yuhl ]
/ ˈmi ni əl, ˈmin yəl /

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.

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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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 Formsmenially, adverb

Word Origin for menial

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