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[meen-lee] /ˈmin li/
adverb
1.
in a poor, lowly, or humble manner.
2.
in a base, contemptible, selfish, or shabby manner.
3.
in a stingy or miserly manner.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English meneli. See mean2, -ly

meanly2

[meen-lee] /ˈmin li/
adverb, Obsolete
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English; see mean3, -ly
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  • Nor is he a cynic in the sense of being meanly hardened.
  • Still they meanly fatten on the government they would destroy.
  • He's gone, by the end of the picture-meanly and murderously mad.
  • 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.
  • Thus meanly reflecting, the centurion dropped more of the gold pieces into.
  • One cannot help being a little meanly and maliciously, though patriotically, glad that there are such gentlemen over the water.
Word Origin and History for meanly
adv.

1580s, "indifferently;" 1590s, "basely;" c.1600, "illiberally;" from mean (adj.1) + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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