Etymology
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meek (adj.)

late 12c., mēk, "gentle or mild of temper; forbearing under injury or annoyance; humble, unassuming;" of a woman, "modest," from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse mjukr "soft, pliant, gentle," from Proto-Germanic *meukaz (source also of Gothic muka-modei "humility," Dutch muik "soft"), a word of uncertain origin, perhaps from PIE *meug- "slippery, slimy." In the Bible, it translates Latin mansuetus from Vulgate (for which see mansuetude). Sense of "submissive, obedient, docile" is from c. 1300.

meek (n.)

"those who are meek," c. 1200, from meek (adj.).

updated on December 15, 2018

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Definitions of meek from WordNet

meek (adj.)
humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness;
meek and self-effacing
Synonyms: mild / modest
meek (adj.)
very docile; "meek as a mouse"- Langston Hughes;
Synonyms: tame
meek (adj.)
evidencing little spirit or courage; overly submissive or compliant; "a fine fiery blast against meek conformity"- Orville Prescott;
she looked meek but had the heart of a lion
Synonyms: spiritless
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