\ ˈmēk How to pronounce meek (audio) \

Definition of meek

1 : enduring injury with patience and without resentment : mild a meek child dominated by his brothers
2 : deficient in spirit and courage : submissive "I don't care," came the meek reply— Annetta Miller
3 : not violent or strong : moderate his delivery varied from a meek, melodic patter to rapid-fire scriptural allusions— Bob Trebilcock

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Other Words from meek

meekly adverb

Examples of meek in a Sentence

a meek child dominated by his brothers She may seem meek and mild but it is all an act.

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The midfielder was dropped for crucial matches, notably home and away against Sevilla in the last 16 of the Champions League when United exited in meek fashion. Steve Douglas, The Seattle Times, "Pogba’s future at Man United mired in uncertainty," 21 Aug. 2018 The rival Palestinian Authority was left to look reactive and meek by comparison. New York Times, "Killings in Gaza, New Embassy in Jerusalem, and Peace as Distant as Ever," 14 May 2018 Woodley's performance as Jane, the meek new mom in town with a dark past, was less showy and more internal than a lot of BLL. Emma Dibdin, Marie Claire, "Is 'Big Little Lies' Going to Sweep the Emmys?," 13 Sep. 2017 As Lilah grew healthy and robust, Sophie looked noticeably meek by comparison. Jennifer Rabiner*, Redbook, ""Why Don't I Like My Own Child?"," 10 Nov. 2016 The public has a strong right to know about how they are being taxed by their government as opposed to the government’s fairly meek interest in secrecy. Hal Dardick,, "Appellate court orders Berrios to release assessment information to Tribune," 29 June 2018 Someone who is meek controls his response to life situations, as well as to those who offend or challenge him. Glenna Christensen, idahostatesman, "True meekness requires self-mastery and strength, and doesn't equate to weakness," 14 June 2018 Living in the middle of a New York State nowhere, with an ailing and abusive mother (Ann Dowd, of course), Nancy is one of those meek, unsettled souls with something raging inside her. Ty Burr,, "‘Nancy’ presents a mother and child reunion that is — or maybe isn’t," 13 June 2018 But their meek showing in the playoffs coupled with his Game 6 line (five points on 2-of-16 shooting) sent the Thunder into the offseason on an unpleasant note. Michael Singer, USA TODAY, "Thunder's Paul George undergoes left knee scope; out six-to-eight weeks," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of meek

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for meek

Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse mjūkr gentle; akin to Welsh esmwyth soft

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English Language Learners Definition of meek

: having or showing a quiet and gentle nature : not wanting to fight or argue with other people


\ ˈmēk How to pronounce meek (audio) \
meeker; meekest

Kids Definition of meek

: having or showing a quiet, gentle, and humble nature a meek child a meek reply

Other Words from meek

meekly adverb
meekness noun

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