Definition of meek in English:

meek

adjective

  • Quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on; submissive.

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

Middle English me(o)c (also in the sense ‘courteous or indulgent’), from Old Norse mjúkr ‘soft, gentle’.

Pronunciation

meek

/mēk//mik/