1 [meen-lee]
in a poor, lowly, or humble manner.
in a base, contemptible, selfish, or shabby manner.
in a stingy or miserly manner.

1350–1400; Middle English meneli. See mean2, -ly Unabridged


2 [meen-lee]
adverb Obsolete.

1350–1400; Middle English; see mean3, -ly Unabridged
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mean2 (miːn)
1.  chiefly (Brit) miserly, ungenerous, or petty
2.  humble, obscure, or lowly: he rose from mean origins to high office
3.  despicable, ignoble, or callous: a mean action
4.  poor or shabby: mean clothing; a mean abode
5.  informal chiefly (US), (Canadian) bad-tempered; vicious
6.  informal ashamed: he felt mean about not letting the children go to the zoo
7.  informal chiefly (US) unwell; in low spirits
8.  slang excellent; skilful: he plays a mean trombone
9.  no mean
 a.  of high quality: no mean performer
 b.  difficult: no mean feat
[C12: from Old English gemǣne common; related to Old High German gimeini, Latin communis common, at first with no pejorative sense]

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Example sentences
Nor is he a cynic in the sense of being meanly hardened.
Still they meanly fatten on the government they would destroy.
The interior world that it meticulously uncovers is a meanly duplicitous one.
He has charged me with being connected with the rebels: the charge is utterly,
  totally, and meanly false.
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