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[meek] /mik/
adjective, meeker, meekest.
humbly patient or docile, as under provocation from others.
overly submissive or compliant; spiritless; tame.
Obsolete. gentle; kind.
Origin of meek
1150-1200; Middle English meke, meoc < Old Norse mjūkr soft, mild, meek
Related forms
meekly, adverb
meekness, noun
overmeek, adjective
overmeekly, adverb
overmeekness, noun
1. forbearing; yielding; unassuming; pacific, calm, soft. See gentle. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for meekest
Historical Examples
  • "Yes sir, I'll remember," said Bobby in the meekest of meek tones.

    The Ontario Readers Ontario Ministry of Education
  • As I explained to him afterwards, a woman is most dangerous when at her meekest.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • He answered, softly: "Some of the meekest people in the world use the soft 'a.' I say 'dahnce.'"

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Their founder and preachers were among the boldest and yet the meekest of the non-conformists.

    The Witch of Salem John R. Musick
  • I dont know whether you can forgive me, he said, in the meekest of tones, but I beg your pardon all the same.

    The Campers Out Edward S. Ellis
  • She followed me to the door in the meekest manner, but declined the arm I offered.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • The meekest of men love to tell how bad they were as boys, hugging their fiction of early depravity with an unregenerate glee.

  • meekest man I ever saw, and ought to have a monument for politeness.

    Dave Porter in the Far North Edward Stratemeyer
  • You're just the meekest little mouse that ever came under the paw of a cat.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • The mightiest and holiest of all Beings that ever trod our world was the meekest of all.

    The Mind of Jesus John R. Macduff
British Dictionary definitions for meekest


patient, long-suffering, or submissive in disposition or nature; humble
spineless or spiritless; compliant
an obsolete word for gentle
Derived Forms
meekly, adverb
meekness, noun
Word Origin
C12: related to Old Norse mjūkr amenable; compare Welsh mwytho to soften
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Word Origin and History for meekest



c.1200, "gentle, quiet, unaggressive; benevolent, kind; courteous, humble, unassuming;" of a woman, "modest," from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse mjukr "soft, pliant, gentle"), from Proto-Germanic *meukaz (cf. Gothic muka-modei "humility," Dutch muik "soft"), of uncertain origin, perhaps from PIE *meug- "slippery, slimy." In the Bible, it translates Latin mansuetus from Vulgate (see mansuetude). Sense of "submissive" is from mid-14c.


"those who are meek," c.1200, from meek (adj.).

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