: 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.
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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 23 Jul. 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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