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menial

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noun me·nial \ˈmē-nē-əl, -nyəl\

Simple Definition of menial

  • : a person (such as a servant) who does boring or unpleasant work for little money : someone who does menial work

Full Definition of menial

  1. :  a person doing menial work; specifically :  a domestic servant or retainer

Examples of menial

  1. <immigrants to that country faced fierce prejudice and could expect to find work only as menials>



14th Century

First Known Use of menial

14th century

Rhymes with menial


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menial

adjective me·nial

Simple Definition of menial

  • —used to describe boring or unpleasant work that does not require special skill and usually does not pay much money

Full Definition of menial

  1. 1 :  of or relating to servants :  lowly

  2. 2 a :  appropriate to a servant :  humble, servile <answered in menial tones> b :  lacking interest or dignity <a menial task>

me·nial·ly adverb

Examples of menial

  1. <every command was obeyed in the menial manner of someone who seemed grateful just to be in the presence of a celebrity>



Origin of menial

Middle English meynial, from Anglo-French meignal, from mesnee, mayné household, retinue, from Vulgar Latin *mansionata, from Latin mansion-, mansio dwelling — more at mansion


First Known Use: 15th century



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