: enduring injury with patience and without resentment : mild
a meek child dominated by his brothers
: deficient in spirit and courage : submissive
"I don't care," came the meek replyAnnetta Miller
: not violent or strong : moderate
his delivery varied from a meek, melodic patter to rapid-fire scriptural allusionsBob Trebilcock
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 Left underground, Lucy’s meek brother, Norm (Moisés Arias), is compelled to pursue the truth behind the attack and, ultimately, their existence in the small network of partitioned vaults that’ve made up their world for centuries. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 10 Apr. 2024 There is a reason, for instance, why personalist leaders have meek advisers. Adam E. Casey, Foreign Affairs, 4 Feb. 2022 Now, sadly, Vincent Kompany — last spotted at the scene of Burnley’s fairly meek relegation from the Premier League — has said yes, depriving European soccer of one of the few opportunities for general merriment in a business that, as a rule, takes itself intensely seriously. Rory Smith, New York Times, 24 May 2024 As a result, sales have averaged a meek 280,000 a month in this 25-month period. Jonathan Lansner, Orange County Register, 21 May 2024 At the same time, this California dip seems meek using a national lens. Jonathan Lansner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 May 2024 Ponder the meek pay raises of the post-Great Recession, low-inflation days of 2011-2014: Bay Area averaged 2.7%, Southern California was at 1.6%, and the US at 1.9%. Jonathan Lansner, Orange County Register, 6 May 2024 But corporate titans’ crusade isn’t meeting meek soldiers. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 11 Apr. 2024 But growth is meek, which could be a sign of consumer skittishness. Jonathan Lansner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Mar. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of meek was in the 13th century

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“Meek.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meek. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: putting up with wrongs patiently and without complaint : mild
: lacking spirit or self-assurance : humble
meekly adverb
meekness noun

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