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Quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on; submissive:‘she brought her meek little husband along’
patient, long-suffering, forbearing, resignedsubmissive, yielding, unresisting, obedient, compliant, tame, biddable, tractable, acquiescent, deferential, weak, timid, frightened, spineless, spiritless, unprotesting, like a lamb to the slaughterView synonyms
- ‘Saskia was active and roamed around her cot, lively and feeding hungrily, while Helena was meek, quiet and still.’
- ‘Her bosses are mean to her, she's kind of meek, and doesn't have any friends in the city.’
- ‘In his youth as a young priest in Banada he was a powerful man in stature, but meek and mild as a child.’
- ‘Mama is usually very meek and mild, but every once in a while, her true strength surfaces.’
- ‘She was not surprised, however, at the meek way in which the fallen dictator surrendered.’
- ‘Steve had played games with her mind, and she had been meek and submissive.’
- ‘One can be quiet, meek and fun, while the other snarls, bites and attacks everything.’
- ‘He really believes that women are so meek that we are unable to stand our ground against the onslaught of male debate.’
- ‘From beginning to end they remained meek and respectful in the presence of their mother and aunt.’
- ‘Possibly he seems a little too meek, and should stand up for himself a bit more.’
- ‘They are ultra-competitive on the field but meek and mild and very polite off the field.’
- ‘But beyond their meek and bland exterior the Smalls inhabit another world.’
- ‘One of the scientists said that when he fed the chemical to lab rats, they would become completely meek and docile.’
- ‘What did the Government members on that committee say, in meek, quiet voices?’
- ‘In the same way that people can be too meek, they can also be too aggressive.’
- ‘The vicar is distraught, but too meek and mild to withstand his determined churchwarden.’
- ‘Toni shook his hand, a firm handshake at that, and gave him a meek smile.’
- ‘The owner rules both workers and family with a rod of iron but one of his daughters rebels by falling in love with his meek shop assistant.’
- ‘Where your every cell cries out to be meek, you force yourself to be brash.’
- ‘I wanted to see who would choose to enter and how mean or meek people would be.’
Middle English me(o)c (also in the sense ‘courteous or indulgent’), from Old Norse mjúkr soft, gentle.
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