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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
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Well, he stood watch-and-watch with me, right straight through, for three days and nights, till the child was out of danger; then he took her up in his great arms and kissed her, with his plumes falling about her golden head, then laid her softly in Sandy's lap again and took his stately way down the vast hall, between the ranks of admiring men-at-arms and menials, and so disappeared.
A third wore trappings and arms of an officer of the staff; while the rest, from the plainness of the housings, and the traveling mails with which they were encumbered, were evidently fitted for the reception of as many menials, who were, seemingly, already waiting the pleasure of those they served.
No other sounds were heard save the voices of the menials who stripped the galleries of their cushions and tapestry, in order to put them in safety for the night, and wrangled among themselves for the half-used bottles of wine and relics of the refreshment which had been served round to the spectators.
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.