American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Gentle or mild of temper; self-controlled and gentle; not easily provoked or irritated; forbearing under injury or annoyance.
- Pliant; yielding; submissive.
- Humble; unpretentious.
- = Syn. 1. Mild, etc. (see gentle), humble, lowly.
- To make meek; soften; render mild, pliant, or submissive; humble or bring low.
- To submit; become meek.
- adj. Humble, modest, meager, or self-effacing.
- adj. Submissive, despirited, or of broken will.
- v. US (of horses) To tame; to break.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Mild of temper; not easily provoked or orritated; patient under injuries; not vain, or haughty, or resentful; forbearing; submissive.
- adj. Evincing mildness of temper, or patience; characterized by mildness or patience
- v. obsolete To make meek; to nurture in gentleness and humility.
- adj. very docile
- adj. evidencing little spirit or courage; overly submissive or compliant
- adj. humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness
- From Middle English meek, meke, meoc, from Old Norse mjúkr 'soft' (compare Swedish mjuk 'soft', and Danish myg 'supple'), from Proto-Germanic *mūkaz (compare Dutch muik 'soft, overripe', dialectal German mauch 'dry and decayed, rotten', Mauche 'malanders'), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)meug, *meuk- 'slick, slippery; to slip' (compare Old English smūgan 'to slide, slip', Welsh mwyth 'soft, weak', Latin emungere 'to blow one's nose', Tocharian A muk 'to let go, give up', Lithuanian mùkti 'to slip away from', Old Church Slavonic mŭčati 'to chase', Ancient Greek myssesthai 'to blow the nose', Sanskrit muñcati 'he releases, lets loose'). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English meke, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse mjūkr, soft. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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