A well-meaning fellow; ill-meaning intentions.
Gave me a meaning look.
A spoiled child who doesn't know the meaning of hard work.
An example of meaning is someone explaining the intention behind what they said.
The meaning of a foreign phrase.
The writer's meaning was obscured by convoluted prose.
When he became a teacher, he felt that his life had meaning.
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Origin of meaning
- From Middle English mening, menyng, equivalent to mean +"Ž -ing. Cognate with Scots mening (“intent, purpose, sense, meaning"), West Frisian miening (“opinion, mind"), Dutch mening (“view, opinion, judgement"), German Meinung (“opinion, view, mind, idea"), Danish and Swedish mening (“meaning, sense, sentence, opinion"), Icelandic meining (“meaning").