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[meet] /mit/
suitable; fitting; proper.
Origin of meet2
before 1000; Middle English mete, aphetic variant (see y-) of imete; representing Old English gemǣte suitable, cognate with German gemäss conformable
Related forms
meetness, noun
apt, appropriate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for meetness
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  • “There is meetness in all things,” said the old lady, picking up her distaff.

    The White Rose of Langley Emily Sarah Holt
  • And what meetness is in setting the like of me in a chair that would well hold Charlemagne and his twelve Peers?

    The White Rose of Langley Emily Sarah Holt
  • Surely we should desire a meetness for our inheritance as well as a title to it.

  • He died at the age of seventy, after a short illness, in which he gave evidence of meetness for heaven.

    The Man with the Book John Matthias Weylland
  • By such means alone can your character be gradually forming into "a meetness for the inheritance of the saints in light."

  • It is only those who have here acquired a meetness for the inheritance of the saints in light who can enjoy its possession.

  • Now, could he ever lose his title, his fitness, his meetness?

    The All-Sufficiency of Christ Charles Henry Mackintosh
British Dictionary definitions for meetness


verb meets, meeting, met
sometimes foll by up or(US) with. to come together (with), either by design or by accident; encounter: I met him unexpectedly, we met at the station
to come into or be in conjunction or contact with (something or each other): the roads meet in the town, the sea meets the sky
(transitive) to come to or be at the place of arrival of: to meet a train
to make the acquaintance of or be introduced to (someone or each other): have you two met?
to gather in the company of (someone or each other): the board of directors meets on Tuesday
to come into the presence of (someone or each other) as opponents: Joe meets Fred in the boxing match
(transitive) to cope with effectively; satisfy: to meet someone's demands
(transitive) to be apparent to (esp in the phrase meet the eye)
(transitive) to return or counter: to meet a blow with another
to agree with (someone or each other): we met him on the price he suggested
(transitive) sometimes foll by with. to experience; suffer: he met his death in a road accident
to occur together: courage and kindliness met in him
(transitive) (Caribbean) to find (a person, situation, etc) in a specified condition: I met the door open
meet and greet, (of a celebrity, politician, etc) to have a session of being introduced to and questioned by members of the public or journalists
the assembly of hounds, huntsmen, etc, prior to a hunt
a meeting, esp a sports meeting
(US) the place where the paths of two railway trains meet or cross
meet-and-greet, a session where a celebrity, etc, is introduced to or questioned by members of the public or journalists
Derived Forms
meeter, noun
Word Origin
Old English mētan; related to Old Norse mœta, Old Saxon mōtian


(archaic) proper, fitting, or correct
Derived Forms
meetly, adverb
Word Origin
C13: from variant of Old English gemǣte; related to Old High German māza suitability, Old Norse mǣtr valuable
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Word Origin and History for meetness



Old English metan "to find, find out; fall in with, encounter; obtain," from Proto-Germanic *motjan (cf. Old Norse mæta, Old Frisian meta, Old Saxon motian "to meet," Gothic gamotijan), from PIE root *mod- "to meet, assemble." Related to Old English gemot "meeting." Meaning "to assemble" is from 1520s. Of things, "to come into contact," c.1300. Related: Met; meeting. To meet (someone) halfway in the figurative sense is from 1620s.


"proper, fitting," Old English gemæte, Anglian *gemete, "suitable, having the same dimensions," from Proto-Germanic *ga-mætijaz (cf. Old Norse mætr, Old High German gimagi, German gemäß "suitable"), from collective prefix *ga- + PIE *med- "to measure" (see medical (adj.)). The basic formation is thus the same as that of commensurate.


1831 in the sporting sense, originally of gatherings for hunting, from meet (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for meetness



  1. A point where trains are scheduled to meet (1940s+ Railroad)
  2. A meeting, esp for some illegal purpose: She went out to make a ''meet'' to buy more bogus bills/ I'll call you next Friday, same time, and set up a meet (1879+)
  3. jam session (1950s+ Bop musicians & cool musicians)
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