Complete Definition of "meek"

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English

Etymology
Middle English meek, meke, borrowed from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse mjúkr, "soft".

Pronunciation
General American w:IPA|IPA/w:SAMPA|SAMPA /mik/
:Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-iËÉk|-iËÉk

Adjective
en-adj|er|est

  1. humble|Humble, modest, meager, or self-effacing.

#*1848: s:Author:Charles Dickens|Charles Dickens, s:Dombey and Son/Chapter 8|Dombey and Son
#*:Mrs. Wickam was a meek woman...who was always ready to pity herself, or to be pitied, or to pity anybody else...
#*"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth" (Matthew chapter 5, verse 5)

  1. submissive|Submissive, despirited, or of break one's will|broken will.

#*1920: w:Sinclair Lewis|Sinclair Lewis, Main Street 1
#*:What if they were wolves instead of lambs? They'd eat her all the sooner if she was meek to them. Fight or be eaten.

Translations
trans-top|humble, modest, or self-effacing
Russian: мек
Finnish: nöyrä
German: sanftmütig
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Norwegian: blyg
Spanish: manso
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trans-top|submissive, despirited, or of broken will
German: unterwürfig
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