adjective, meek·er, meek·est.
- humbly patient or docile, as under provocation from others.
- overly submissive or compliant; spiritless; tame.
- Obsolete. gentle; kind.
- patient, long-suffering, or submissive in disposition or nature; humble
- spineless or spiritless; compliant
- an obsolete word for gentle
adv.c.1200, from meek (adj.) + -ly (2). adj.c.1200, “gentle, quiet, unaggressive; benevolent, kind; courteous, humble, unassuming;” of a woman, “modest,” from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse mjukr “soft, pliant, gentle”), from Proto-Germanic *meukaz (cf. Gothic muka-modei “humility,” Dutch muik “soft”), of uncertain origin, perhaps from PIE *meug- “slippery, slimy.” In the Bible, it translates Latin mansuetus from Vulgate (see mansuetude). Sense of “submissive” is from mid-14c. n.“those who are meek,” c.1200, from meek (adj.).