\ 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Seeing Ever start as a very meek character and then get not only physically powerful, but also emotionally and mentally powerful, was great. Angela Dawson, Forbes, 1 June 2022 Peer pressure, Jacobin, and celebrity activists are far more effective than the typical meek-mannered professor dressed in plaid. Aron Ravin, National Review, 3 Apr. 2022 Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers is out, wrapping an exhausting Green Bay Packers season with a meek exit on a snowy night in Wisconsin. Jason Gay, WSJ, 24 Jan. 2022 Hoffman, who died in 2014, was credible as smart or dumb people, as self-aware or obtuse, as powerful or weak, jolly or sad, brave or cowardly, bold or meek, quiet or loud. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, 31 Mar. 2021 But for upset parents like Ms. Thavakumar, such measures are far too meek to address more entrenched problems, including a nearly complete lack of Black teachers in the district. New York Times, 27 Nov. 2021 In the episode, Harmon’s mother, Stefani Harmon, described her as a shy child whose meek and mild behavior blossomed into a cool swagger. NBC News, 13 Oct. 2021 That’s why his meek performance in Game 4 was so surprising. oregonlive, 31 May 2021 Our protagonist, Patience Phillips, is a meek and mousy graphic designer — congrats to the stylist who managed to make Halle Berry appear even slightly frumpy — at a cosmetics company, Hedare Beauty. Muna Mire, Vulture, 26 May 2021 See More

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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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“Meek.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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\ 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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