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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 ?
She was slight and delicate in person, of fair hair and complexion, and with the meekest and most dove-like blue eyes I ever saw in a female face.
March came in that winter like the meekest and mildest of lambs, bringing days that were crisp and golden and tingling, each followed by a frosty pink twilight which gradually lost itself in an elfland of moonshine.
He was the meekest of his sex, the mildest of little men.
The retired naval man was speaking very boldly, as was evident from the expression on the faces of the listeners and from the fact that some people Pierre knew as the meekest and quietest of men walked away disapprovingly or expressed disagreement with him.
I began to manufacture a character for myself for the first days of our voyage out in the convict-ship; and I landed at the penal settlement with the reputation of being the meekest and most biddable of felonious mankind.
The fact is, the old lady believed Rebecca to be the meekest creature in the world, so admirably, on the occasions when her father brought her to Chiswick, used Rebecca to perform the part of the ingenue; and only a year before the arrangement by which Rebecca had been admitted into her house, and when Rebecca was sixteen years old, Miss Pinkerton majestically, and with a little speech, made her a present of a doll--which was, by the way, the confiscated property of Miss Swindle, discovered surreptitiously nursing it in school- hours.
Although Kit was in the very highest favour with the old lady and gentleman, and Mr Abel, and Barbara, it is certain that no member of the family evinced such a remarkable partiality for him as the self-willed pony, who, from being the most obstinate and opinionated pony on the face of the earth, was, in his hands, the meekest and most tractable of animals.
Now Antanas Rudkus was the meekest man that God ever put on earth; and so Jurgis found it a striking confirmation of what the men all said, that his father had been at work only two days before he came home as bitter as any of them, and cursing Durham's with all the power of his soul.
But you might be put about by finding things meddled with; and even the man Moses, the meekest of men, was wrathful sometimes.
Wicked men had robbed him of one of his wives; no doubt she was the most obedient, the meekest, the loveliest of them all.
Instead of roaring and ravaging about the world, constantly catering for their cannibal larders, and perpetually going to market in an unlawful manner, they are the meekest people in any man's acquaintance: rather inclining to milk and vegetable diet, and bearing anything for a quiet life.
They impart a martial thrill to the meekest subject.