menial

[mee-nee-uhl, meen-yuhl]
adjective
1.
lowly and sometimes degrading: menial work.
2.
servile; submissive: menial attitudes.
3.
pertaining to or suitable for domestic servants; humble: menial furnishings.
noun
4.
a domestic servant.
5.
a servile person.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English meynyal < Anglo-French me(i)nial. See meiny, -al1

menially, adverb
nonmenial, adjective
nonmenially, adverb
unmenial, adjective
unmenially, adverb


2. fawning. See servile. 4. attendant, underling, hireling, lackey.


1. dignified. 2. proud.
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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]
 
'menially
 
adv

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menial
late 14c., "pertaining to a household," from Anglo-Fr. meignial, from O.Fr. mesnie "household," earlier mesnede, from V.L. *mansionata, from L. mansionem "dwelling" (see mansion). Sense of "lowly, humble, suited to a servant" is first recorded 1670s. Noun meaning "domestic
servant" is late 14c., meynyal.
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Example sentences
So he worked at menial jobs, wrote in his free time and sent out as many as 40
  stories at once.
As she would not marry him, he put her to all sorts of menial work, such as
  washing the dirty linen.
Hire an undergrad on an hourly basis to help with the menial tasks.
Players and critics alike have noted the game's resemblance to a job, and a
  fairly menial job at that.
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