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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 ?
In the mean time a stray personage of a meek demeanour, who had wandered to the hearthrug and got among the heads of tribes assembled there in conference with Mr Podsnap, eliminated Mr Podsnap's flush and flourish by a highly unpolite remark; no less than a reference to the circumstance that some half-dozen people had lately died in the streets, of starvation.
It is not the honest man, but the man of honor, who shines in his page; his meek folk are proudly meek, and there is a touch of superiority, a glint of mundane splendor, in his lowliest.
But the princess was very gentle and meek, so she said nothing to her maid's ill behaviour, but got upon her horse again.
In thy claws, ruthless robber, Thou bearest away The heart of a meek Loving maid for thy prey, Three kerchiefs thou stealest, And garters a pair, From legs than the whitest Of marble more fair; And the sighs that pursue thee Would burn to the ground Two thousand Troy Towns, If so many were found.
So here, after all my elaborate preparations for the siege of the White Sphinx, was a meek surrender.
From some cause his expression was at that moment very meek.
Let us be silent, content in our little corner, meek and gentle like them.
Levin had long before made the observation that when one is uncomfortable with people from their being excessively amenable and meek, One is apt very soon after to find things intolerable from their touchiness and irritability.
His eyes he op'nd, and beheld a field, Part arable and tilth, whereon were Sheaves New reapt, the other part sheep-walks and foulds; Ith' midst an Altar as the Land-mark stood Rustic, of grassie sord; thither anon A sweatie Reaper from his Tillage brought First Fruits, the green Eare, and the yellow Sheaf, Uncull'd, as came to hand; a Shepherd next More meek came with the Firstlings of his Flock Choicest and best; then sacrificing, laid The Inwards and thir Fat, with Incense strew'd, On the cleft Wood, and all due Rites perform'd.
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.
But as the meek and lowly at the penitent form catch splendid glimpses of their future lordly existence, so did he catch similar glimpses of the state he would gain to by possessing her.
The courier's wife was shown in--a little meek melancholy woman, with white eyelashes, and watery eyes, who curtseyed deferentially and was troubled with a small chronic cough.