mean·​ie | \ ˈmē-nē How to pronounce meanie (audio) \
variants: or less commonly meany
plural meanies

Definition of meanie

: a mean person

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Examples of meanie in a Sentence

the class thought the substitute teacher was a big meanie when she assigned homework over the holidays

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Even the formidable Martindale, as an old-school meanie who commands respect from the Irish mob but has no true power of her own, is reduced to a caricature. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Kitchen': Film Review," 7 Aug. 2019 That source is telling us that yes, Donald Trump is a big meanie, a jerk. Fox News, "Gutfeld: It's the cry babies vs. the jerk," 8 Sep. 2018 The most recent example of social-media meanies feeling inexplicably compelled to leave negative comments about the media and makeup mogul's appearance involves zooming in on and criticizing her pinky toe. Marci Robin, Teen Vogue, "Kim Kardashian Responds to Body-Shaming Toe Comments on Instagram," 18 Apr. 2018 That moment of silence took place, of course, amid an hour-long set of songs that could still describe women as two-faced meanies. Mikael Wood,, "Jawbreaker's reunion show at the Palladium was a vivid punk rock homecoming," 9 Mar. 2018 Rick Grimes and his posse based in Alexandria have spent the season going toe-to-toe with the blowhard meanie Negan and his group, the Saviors. Steve Johnson,, "What you need to know as 'Walking Dead' returns to finish Season 8," 23 Feb. 2018 Pruitt’s critics are just a bunch of meanies who hate him for no apparent reason other than their weird hippie Earth Mother disdain for humanity. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "National Review Shows Why Conservatives Outsourced Environmental Policy to Lobbyists and Kooks," 7 Jan. 2018 However, the meanies have noted that as the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, Shanahan gave Belichick a fabulous gift: Super Bowl 51. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "49ers: It’s all about Garoppolo and it’s all good right now," 24 Dec. 2017 If this were a Hollywood movie, as opposed to real life, Andy, the sensitive misfit, would triumph over the bullies and meanies, the nonbelievers who scoffed and sneered, treated him like dirt and a joke. Lili Anolik, Vanities, "Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick: A Brief, White-Hot, and Totally Doomed Romance," 14 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of meanie

1910, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of meanie was in 1910

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English Language Learners Definition of meanie

informal : a mean or unkind person

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to spread over or through

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