See also: Meed

EnglishEdit

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English meede, mede, from Old English mēd, meord, meard, meorþ (meed, reward, pay, price, compensation, bribe), from Proto-Germanic *mizdō (meed), from Proto-Indo-European *misdʰéh₂, from Proto-Indo-European *mey- (to exchange). Cognate with obsolete Dutch miede (wages), Low German mede (payment, wages, reward), German Miete (rent), Gothic 𐌼𐌹𐌶𐌳𐍉 (mizdō, meed, reward, payment, recompense), Ancient Greek μισθός (misthós, wage), Old Church Slavonic мьзда (mĭzda, reward), Sanskrit मीळ्ह (mīḷhá), Sanskrit मीढ (mīḍhá), Avestan 𐬨𐬍𐬲𐬛𐬀(mīžda).

NounEdit

meed (plural meeds)

  1. (now literary, archaic) A payment or recompense made for services rendered or in recognition of some achievement; reward, deserts; award.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. [], part II (books IV–VI), London: [] [Richard Field] for VVilliam Ponsonby, OCLC 932900760, book IIII, canto I, stanza 6, page 6:
      For well ſhe wiſt,​as true it was indeed / That her liues Lord and patrone of her health / Right well deſerued as his duefull meed, / Her loue,​her ſeruice,​and her vtmoſt wealth.
    • 1801, Robert Southey, Thalaba the Destroyer:
      Brought up in darkness, and the child of sin,
      Yet, as the meed of spotless innocence,
      Just Heaven permitted her by one good deed
      To work her own redemption, after death.
    • 1829, Andrew Jackson, First Annual Message to Congress:
      Public gratitude, therefore, stamps her seal upon it, and the meed should not be withheld which may here after operate as a stimulus to our gallant tars.
    • 1880, translation by Richard Francis Burton of Os Lusiadas, Canto IX, stanza 93 by Luís de Camões
      Better to merit and the meed to miss,
      than, lacking merit, every meed possess.
  2. A gift; bribe.
  3. (dated) Merit or desert; worth.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English meden, from Old English *mēdian (to reward, bribe), from Proto-Germanic *mizdōną (to reward), from Proto-Indo-European *misdʰ- (to pay). Cognate with Middle Low German mēden (to reward), German mieten (to rent).

VerbEdit

meed (third-person singular simple present meeds, present participle meeding, simple past and past participle meeded)

  1. (transitive) To reward; bribe.
  2. (transitive) To deserve; merit.

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Central FranconianEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • mied (southern Moselle Franconian)
  • möd (Ripuarian)

EtymologyEdit

From Old High German muodi, from Proto-Germanic *mōþijaz, West Germanic variant of *mōþaz.

AdjectiveEdit

meed

  1. (northern Moselle Franconian) tired

DutchEdit

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meed

  1. singular past indicative of mijden

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EstonianEdit

NounEdit

meed

  1. nominative plural of mesi

Middle EnglishEdit

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NounEdit

meed

  1. Alternative form of mede (mead (beverage))

Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

meed

  1. Alternative form of mede (meadow)

Etymology 3Edit

NounEdit

meed

  1. Alternative form of mede (reward)

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AdjectiveEdit

meed

  1. tired, weary, fatigued, fagged
    hee wia sea meed
    he was very tired

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