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meany

or meanie

[mee-nee] /ˈmi ni/
noun, plural meanies. Informal.
1.
a small-minded, petty, or malicious person:
The children said their teacher was a real meany.
Origin of meany
1925-1930
1925-30; mean2 + -y2

Meany

[mee-nee] /ˈmi ni/
noun
1.
George, 1894–1980, U.S. labor leader: 3rd president of the AFL 1952–55; 1st president of the AFL-CIO 1955–79.
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  • I so expressed myself to meany, and asked him to give me a decent breakfast.

    Hunted Down Harry Granice
  • Among the other commanding peaks are meany, Cougar, and Seattle.

    Your National Parks Enos A. Mills
  • It was one o'clock, and still meany had done nothing, although repeatedly urged by my friends to do something.

    Hunted Down Harry Granice
  • Your voice would make Eany, meany, miney, mo sound like music.

  • He was searched by meany and then admitted into the lock-up.

    Hunted Down Harry Granice
  • "meany, meany," called Judy after her friend, who had seized her gray eider-down cape and was fleeing down the hall.

  • I kept perfectly quiet and said nothing to meany nor his deputies.

    Hunted Down Harry Granice
  • I have ridden many wild horses and used many kinds of saddles but the king of all saddles is the meany.

    Black Beaver James Campbell Lewis
  • It was eight o'clock in the morning when I delivered myself up to meany.

    Hunted Down Harry Granice
British Dictionary definitions for meany

meany

/ˈmiːnɪ/
noun
1.
(informal) a variant spelling of meanie
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Word Origin and History for meany

see meanie.

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Slang definitions & phrases for meany

mean gene

noun phrase

A postulated genetic basis for a violent personality (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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