Definition of meek in English:



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