meek

[meek]
adjective, meeker, meekest.
1.
humbly patient or docile, as under provocation from others.
2.
overly submissive or compliant; spiritless; tame.
3.
Obsolete. gentle; kind.

Origin:
1150–1200; Middle English meke, meoc < Old Norse mjūkr soft, mild, meek

meekly, adverb
meekness, noun
overmeek, adjective
overmeekly, adverb
overmeekness, noun


1. forbearing; yielding; unassuming; pacific, calm, soft. See gentle.
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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]
 
'meekly
 
adv
 
'meekness
 
n

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meek
c.1200, "gentle, courteous, kind," from O.N. mjukr "soft, pliant, gentle," from P.Gmc. *meukaz (cf. Goth. muka-modei "humility," Du. muik "soft"), of uncertain origin. Use to translate L. mansuetus from Vulgate (see mansuetude). Sense of "submissive" is from mid-14c.
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Example sentences
Though mild and meek in his personal relations, he was harsh and passionate in
  the press and on the platform.
In this psychological thriller, the meek protagonist makes a pact with a
  shadowy, wild boy.
But more telling was his demeanor: meek, glumly downcast, defeated and drained.
The strong do not willingly yield to the meek.
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