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Related to meek: Blessed are the meek, The meek shall inherit the earth

meek

 (mēk)
adj. meek·er, meek·est
1. Showing patience and humility; gentle.
2. Easily imposed on; submissive.

[Middle English meke, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse mjūkr, soft.]

meek′ly adv.
meek′ness n.

meek

(miːk)
adj
1. patient, long-suffering, or submissive in disposition or nature; humble
2. spineless or spiritless; compliant
3. an obsolete word for gentle
[C12: related to Old Norse mjūkr amenable; compare Welsh mwytho to soften]
ˈmeekly adv
ˈmeekness n

meek

(mik)

adj. -er, -est.
1. humbly patient or docile, as under provocation from others.
2. overly submissive or compliant; spiritless; tame.
3. Obs. gentle; kind.
[1150–1200; Middle English meke, meoc < Old Norse mjūkr soft, mild, meek]
meek′ly, adv.
meek′ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.meek - humble in spirit or mannermeek - humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness; "meek and self-effacing"
humble - marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful; "a humble apology"; "essentially humble...and self-effacing, he achieved the highest formal honors and distinctions"- B.K.Malinowski
2.meek - very docilemeek - very docile; "tame obedience"; "meek as a mouse"- Langston Hughes
docile - willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed; "the docile masses of an enslaved nation"
3.meek - evidencing little spirit or couragemeek - evidencing little spirit or courage; overly submissive or compliant; "compliant and anxious to suit his opinions of those of others"; "a fine fiery blast against meek conformity"- Orville Prescott; "she looked meek but had the heart of a lion"; "was submissive and subservient"
submissive - inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others or showing such inclination; "submissive servants"; "a submissive reply"; "replacing troublemakers with more submissive people"

meek

adjective
2. spineless, weak, tame, boneless, weak-kneed (informal), spiritless, unresisting, wussy (slang), wimpish or wimpy (informal) He may be self-effacing, but he certainly isn't meek.
Quotations
"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth" Bible: St. Matthew
"It's going to be fun to watch and see how long the meek can keep the earth after they inherit it" [Kin Hubbard]

meek

adjective
1. Having or expressing feelings of humility:
2. Easily managed or handled:
Translations
وَديع، خَجول، مُتواضِع
мек
mírnýtrpělivý
nöyrä
hógvær, skapmildur
nuolankusromiairomumasromus
pazemīgs, lēnprātīgs
Ödmjuk
uysalyumuşak başlı

meek

[miːk]
A. ADJ (meeker (compar) (meekest (superl))) (= submissive) [person] → sumiso, dócil, manso (liter); [voice, acceptance] → sumiso
meek and mildcomo una malva
as meek as a lambmás manso que un cordero
B. NPL the meek (Rel) → los mansos
blessed are the meekbienaventurados los mansos

meek

[ˈmiːk] adjdoux(douce), humble

meek

adj (+er)sanft(mütig), lammfromm (inf); (pej)duckmäuserisch; (= uncomplaining)duldsam, geduldig; voiceschüchtern; acceptancewiderstandslos; as meek as a lambsanft wie ein Lamm; don’t be so meek and mildlass dir doch nicht (immer) alles gefallen!
n (Bibl) the meek pldie Sanftmütigen pl

meek

[miːk] adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl))) → mite, umile
meek and mild → mite come un agnello

meek

(miːk) adjective
humble and not likely to complain, argue, react strongly etc. a meek little man.
ˈmeekly adverb
ˈmeekness noun
References in classic literature ?
was the meek answer, as he began, doing his best to prove his gratitude for the favor of admission into the `Busy Bee Society'.
Hither the faithful singing- master had now brought himself, together with all his sorrows, his apprehensions, and his meek dependence on the protection of Providence.
But when those words were irrevocably spoken, his look assumed sternness, the sense of power, and immitigable resolve; and this with so natural and imperceptible a change, that it seemed as if the iron man had stood there from the first, and the meek man not at all.
The talk of these meek people had a strange enough sound in a formerly American ear.
Each in his turn tried to arouse Conrad out of his hallucination and bring him to himself; but all the answer any got was a meek, bewildered stare, and then the words:
She stooped down quick at the foot of the bed and give me a pull, and out I come; and when he turned back from the window there she stood, a-beaming and a-smil- ing like a house afire, and I standing pretty meek and sweaty alongside.
She had an easy, independent carriage--when she was among her own caste--and a high and "sassy" way, withal; but of course she was meek and humble enough where white people were.
This is the way that God teaches us to be meek and patient, and the thought that He has willed it so should rob us of our fears and help us bear the years.
The man who wields the blood- clotted cowskin during the week fills the pulpit on Sunday, and claims to be a minister of the meek and lowly Jesus.
I think (with deference be it spoken) the contrast could not be much greater between a sleek gander and a fierce falcon: between a meek sheep and the rough-coated keen-eyed dog, its guardian.
He told me to put my hat on," she said to herself, with a meek filial docility which was totally out of her character.
perhaps I ought to mention," said Herbert, who had become curiously crestfallen and meek, since we entered on the interesting theme, "that she is rather below my mother's nonsensical family notions.