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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Walking the cautious, insular, and meek route has been the biggest guarantor of our livelihoods. Connie Wang, refinery29.com, "The Disaster Mindset Helped Asian-Americans Survive. But It’s A Losing Strategy," 1 June 2020 Although high inflation seemed a fixture of the economic landscape in the 1970s, changes to policy and the structure of the global economy since have ushered in four decades of ever meeker growth in prices. The Economist, "Free exchange Covid-19 could lead to the return of inflation—eventually," 18 Apr. 2020 After dropping Game 1, Houston responded with season-on-the-line desperation, and Golden State’s meek response amounted to a solo show from Kevin Durant. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Stephen Curry's Rare Shooting Slump Leaves the Warriors Looking Mortal," 17 May 2018 Nothing that ought to have been understood about that war could have been gleaned from the tone and the disposition of the arguers alone—there were meek voices and furious partisans, civil conversationalists and rude wits on both sides. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Enemies of the Truth," 27 Jan. 2020 In Walt, Gilligan illustrated how a meek facade can conceal bottomless malice. Judy Berman, Time, "Review: El Camino Transforms Breaking Bad's Jesse Pinkman Into an Action Hero for the Ages," 11 Oct. 2019 His expression is so permanently meek, nobody notices he's pretty handsome. John Defore, Billboard, "'Blinded by the Light': Sundance 2019 Film Review," 28 Jan. 2019 Without Delle Donne, Washington looked meek beneath the glass and its rotations were thrown out of whack in an attempt to compensate for the MVP-size loss. Candace Buckner, courant.com, "Analysis: Elena Delle Donne’s departure alters the face of the WNBA Finals," 2 Oct. 2019 Without Delle Donne, Washington looked meek beneath the glass and its rotations were thrown out of whack in an attempt to compensate for the MVP-size loss. Candace Buckner, The Denver Post, "Elena Delle Donne’s departure alters the face of WNBA Finals," 2 Oct. 2019

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meek. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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