meek

adjective
\ 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

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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.

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Kurosawa’s hero, a meek civil servant, took stock of his mortality and decided to waste not a drop of the time that remained. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“The Farewell” Mixes Mourning and Revelry," 12 July 2019 But even meek, passive, and ever-cooperative Pam finally found her voice (in Season Three). Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Girlfriend feels suffocated by close clan," 11 July 2019 But even meek, passive, and ever-cooperative Pam finally found her voice (in Season Three). Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Girlfriend feels suffocated by close clan," 11 July 2019 But even meek, passive, and ever-cooperative Pam finally found her voice (in Season Three). Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: My boyfriend lives with his parents, and I think he needs to set boundaries," 11 July 2019 But even meek, passive, and ever-cooperative Pam finally found her voice (in Season Three). Ask Amy, oregonlive.com, "Ask Amy: How much time is too much time to spend with boyfriend’s family?," 11 July 2019 Later, two meek attempts to protect with two strikes barely produced contact. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: When teams call about closer Kirby Yates, Padres should listen," 8 July 2019 O’Rourke’s looseness left him looking washed out and meek. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Castro’s discipline pays off on the big stage," 28 June 2019 The Giants’ meek offense was a big factor, as Bochy couldn’t waste even the faintest threat of a rally. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ meek offense results in 2-0 loss to Colorado," 24 June 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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of meek

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

meek

adjective
\ 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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