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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 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 After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry, in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jennifer Perrino, Cincinnati.com, "Hand to God set to open at the Incline Theater," 12 Jan. 2020 In a meek harrumph, Pelosi obtained passage of a congressional resolution purporting to limit any other military action on Iran. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Weekly Trump Report Card: ‘Dizzying,’ with wins on border wall and deregulation," 11 Jan. 2020 These top musicians — celebrities, stars — were meek as lambs before the maestro, and a little scared, too. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Mahatma Jansons," 9 Jan. 2020 Tampa Bay, which tied an NHL record by winning 62 games, made a shockingly meek exit by losing four straight to Columbus in the first round. Los Angeles Times, "NHL Eastern Conference questions: How good will the Devils be with Jack Hughes?," 1 Oct. 2019 During their time in the Bay Area, these descriptions were aided by the contrast of the meeker, wealthier, whiter 49er fans across the bay. Caille Millner, SFChronicle.com, "Raider Nation maligned and misunderstood yet stayed loyal," 20 Dec. 2019 Stella’s independence is just emerging, but her character a world away from meek Pamina. Amy Lorette Damron Kyle, Quartz, "The feminist reboot opera deserves," 20 Dec. 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 28 Feb. 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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