\ 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

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 In the episode, Harmon’s mother, Stefani Harmon, described her as a shy child whose meek and mild behavior blossomed into a cool swagger. NBC News, 13 Oct. 2021 That’s why his meek performance in Game 4 was so surprising. oregonlive, 31 May 2021 Our protagonist, Patience Phillips, is a meek and mousy graphic designer — congrats to the stylist who managed to make Halle Berry appear even slightly frumpy — at a cosmetics company, Hedare Beauty. Muna Mire, Vulture, 26 May 2021 Practically all Asian Americans, but elderly men in particular, are often viewed as nonaggressive, meek and unable or unwilling to fight back, in contrast to men of other races. Pawan Dhingra, The Conversation, 19 Mar. 2021 Russell Jeung, professor of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University, told Yam that the stereotype that Asian women are meek and submissive fed into these numbers. David Z. Morris, Fortune, 17 Mar. 2021 The mighty Wolverines were meek in the face of IU’s defensive front, mustering only 13 rushing yards, which was beyond meaningful to the victory but also the linemen involved. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Nov. 2020 Less than two weeks before an election that, according to early signs, could break voter turnout records, SNL’s political fare last night was strikingly meek. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 25 Oct. 2020 The offensive shortcomings were particularly glaring the past two years: Just seven runs for the bomba squad in a three-game sweep by the Yankees in 2019 and a measly two runs in a meek exit at the hands of the Astros last week. Michael Rand, Star Tribune, 6 Oct. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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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