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me·ni·al

 (mē′nē-əl, mēn′yəl)
adj.
1. Of or relating to work or a job regarded as servile.
2. Of, relating to, or appropriate for a servant.
n.
1. A servant, especially a domestic servant.
2. A person who has a servile or low nature.

[Middle English meinial, belonging to a household, from Anglo-Norman meignial, from meignee, household, from Vulgar Latin *mānsiōnāta, from Latin mānsiō, mānsiōn-, house; see mansion.]

me′ni·al·ly adv.

menial

(ˈmiːnɪəl)
adj
1. consisting of or occupied with work requiring little skill, esp domestic duties such as cleaning
2. of, involving, or befitting servants
3. servile
n
4. a domestic servant
5. a servile person
[C14: from Anglo-Norman meignial, from Old French meinie household. See meiny]
ˈmenially adv

me•ni•al

(ˈmi ni əl, ˈmin yəl)

adj.
1. servile; degrading: menial work.
2. of or suitable for servants; humble.
n.
3. a domestic servant.
[1350–1400; Middle English meynyal < Anglo-French me(i)nial]
me′ni•al•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.menial - a domestic servantmenial - a domestic servant      
servant, retainer - a person working in the service of another (especially in the household)
Adj.1.menial - used of unskilled work (especially domestic work)menial - used of unskilled work (especially domestic work)
unskilled - not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency; "unskilled in the art of rhetoric"; "an enthusiastic but unskillful mountain climber"; "unskilled labor"; "workers in unskilled occupations are finding fewer and fewer job opportunities"; "unskilled workmanship"

menial

noun
1. servant, domestic, attendant, lackey, labourer, serf, underling, drudge, vassal (archaic), dogsbody (informal), flunky, skivvy (chiefly Brit.), varlet (archaic) The name 'beef-eater' was aimed at any well-fed menial.
servant lord, boss, chief, master, commander, superior, baas (S. African)

menial

adjective
Excessively eager to serve or obey:
Translations

menial

[ˈmiːnɪəl]
A. ADJ (= lowly) → servil; (= domestic) → doméstico, de la casa
menial worktrabajo m de baja categoría
B. N (= servant) → sirviente/a m/f

menial

[ˈmiːniəl] adj [job, task] → subalterne

menial

adjniedrig, untergeordnet; she regards no task as too menial for hersie betrachtet keine Arbeit für unter ihrer Würde; the menial staffdie (unteren) Dienstboten, das Gesinde
n (pej)Dienstbote m/-botin f

menial

[ˈmiːnɪəl] adj (position) → subalterno/a; (work, task) → umile, servile
References in classic literature ?
Pardon the menial office in which I am engaged, sir, and extend your sympathies to one, who, humble as his appearance is, has inn'ard workings far above his station.
Larry Donovan was a passenger conductor, one of those train-crew aristocrats who are always afraid that someone may ask them to put up a car-window, and who, if requested to perform such a menial service, silently point to the button that calls the porter.
If Quint--on your remonstrance at the time you speak of-- was a base menial, one of the things Miles said to you, I find myself guessing, was that you were another.
His position in Lady Lydiard's household was in no sense of the menial sort.
As to the Indian, he is a game animal, not to be degraded by useful or menial toil.
I was carried through the streets with the rapidity of lightning,' said she, 'and taken into a soldier's room, and I had to wait upon him like a servant, sweep his room, clean his boots, and do all kinds of menial work.
That foxey old grunter and grinder, sir, turns into the yard this morning, to meddle with our property, a menial tool of his own, a young man by the name of Sloppy.
And actually reduced to take some menial employment," added Christie, still regarding Dick with her clear glance.
From his complete inattention to the tidings, you would think that moody Ahab had not heard his menial.
Our natures had adapted themselves to circumstances, and we no longer pined for the luxuries of the linum usitatissimum, but were ready to enter into all the pleasures of our new existence; which we well understood was to be one of pure parade, for no handkerchief of our quality was ever employed on any of the more menial offices of the profession.
Once again came the ape-man, and this time there came with him fifty fighting men, turning porters for love of the only creature in the world who might command of their fierce and haughty natures such menial service.
Tell my son," said Anthony to the answering menial, "to come in here before he leaves the house.