meek

adjective \ ˈmēk \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

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

meekly

adverb

meekness

noun

Examples of meek in a Sentence

  1. a meek child dominated by his brothers

  2. She may seem meek and mild but it is all an act.

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Origin and Etymology of meek

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

meek Synonyms

Synonyms
demure, down-to-earth, lowly, humble, modest, unassuming, unpretentious
Antonyms
arrogant, bumptious, chesty, conceited, egotistic (or egotistical), fastuous, haughty, highfalutin (also hifalutin), high-and-mighty, high-handed, high-hat, hoity-toity, huffish, huffy, imperious, lordly, overweening, peremptory, pompous, presuming, presumptuous, pretentious, self-asserting, self-assertive, supercilious, superior, toplofty (also toploftical), uppish, uppity
Related Words
acquiescent, compliant, deferential, resigned, submissive, unaggressive, unassertive, yielding; cowering, cringing, shrinking; ingenuous, naive (or naïve), plain, simple, unaffected; bashful, diffident, introverted, mousy (or mousey), overmodest, passive, quiet, reserved, retiring, sheepish, shy, subdued, timid, unobtrusive; aw-shucks, self-deprecating, self-deprecatory, self-effacing
Near Antonyms
aggressive, assertive, audacious, bold, brash, brassy, cheeky, forward, impertinent, impudent, saucy; cocksure, cocky, confident, hubristic, overconfident, self-confident; egocentric, egoistic (also egoistical), narcissistic, prideful, self-affected, self-centered, self-complacent, self-conceited, self-congratulatory, self-contented, self-engrossed, self-important, self-obsessed, self-pleased, self-satisfied, smug, stuck-up, swelled-headed; boastful, bombastic, braggy, swaggering, vain, vainglorious; condescending, disdainful, dominant, dominating, domineering, magisterial, overbearing, patronizing, pontificating; flamboyant, ostentatious, showy; extroverted (also extraverted), immodest, outgoing, uninhibited, unreserved

MEEK Defined for English Language Learners

meek

adjective

Definition of meek for English Language Learners

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


MEEK Defined for Kids

meek

adjective \ ˈmēk \

Definition of meek for Students

meeker; meekest
:having or showing a quiet, gentle, and humble nature
  • a meek child
  • a meek reply

meekly

adverb

meekness

noun


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