Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Showing patience and humility; gentle.
  • adjective Easily imposed on; submissive.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make meek; soften; render mild, pliant, or submissive; humble or bring low.
  • To submit; become meek.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To make meek; to nurture in gentleness and humility.
  • adjective Mild of temper; not easily provoked or orritated; patient under injuries; not vain, or haughty, or resentful; forbearing; submissive.
  • adjective Evincing mildness of temper, or patience; characterized by mildness or patience

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Humble, modest, meager, or self-effacing.
  • adjective Submissive, despirited, or of broken will.
  • verb US (of horses) To tame; to break.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective very docile
  • adjective evidencing little spirit or courage; overly submissive or compliant
  • adjective humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English meke, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse mjūkr, soft.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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').

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  • As in 'The meek shall inherit the earth, after the rest of us have done with it.'

    February 11, 2008

  • JM reckons it sometimes seems that the meek shall inherit the hurt.

    August 26, 2011