- 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
- Obs. 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 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 mjÃºkr 'soft' (compare Swedish mjuk 'soft', and Danish myg 'supple'), from Proto-Germanic *mÅ«kaz (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 smÅ«gan 'to slide, slip', Welsh mwyth 'soft, weak', Latin emungere 'to blow one's nose', Tocharian A muk 'to let go, give up', Lithuanian mÃ¹kti 'to slip away from', Old Church Slavonic mÅÄati 'to chase', Ancient Greek myssesthai 'to blow the nose', Sanskrit muÃ±cati 'he releases, lets loose').