- The definition of meek is someone or something that does not have force or someone who is willing to give into others.
- An example of meek is an argument that is not stated forcefully.
- An example of meek is a person who easily gives in to others.
- patient and mild; not inclined to anger or resentment
- too submissive; easily imposed on; spineless; spiritless
- Obsolete gentle or kind
Origin of meekMiddle English meke (earlier meoc) ; from Old Norse miukr, pliant, gentle ; from Indo-European base an unverified form meug-, an unverified form meuk-, to slip, slippery, slimy from source muck, Classical Latin mucus, Classical Greek myxa
- Showing patience and humility; gentle.
- Easily imposed on; submissive.
Origin of meekMiddle English meke, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse mjūkr, soft.
(comparative meeker, superlative meekest)
(third-person singular simple present meeks, present participle meeking, simple past and past participle meeked)
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').