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From Middle English meek, meke, meoc, unknown origin, likely related to Old English smēag (subtle, stealthy, etc.) and smūgan and possibly a borrowing from Old Norse mjúkr (soft; meek), from Proto-Germanic *meukaz, *mūkaz (soft; supple), from Proto-Indo-European *mewg-, *mewk- (slick, slippery; to slip).

Cognate with Swedish and Norwegian Nynorsk mjuk (soft), Norwegian Bokmål myk (soft), and Danish myg (supple), Dutch muik (soft, overripe), dialectal German mauch (dry and decayed, rotten), Mauche (malanders). Compare as well Welsh mwyth (soft, weak), Latin ēmungō (to blow one's nose), Tocharian A muk- (to let go, give up), Lithuanian mùkti (to slip away from), Old Church Slavonic мъчати (mŭčati, to chase), Ancient Greek μύσσομαι (mússomai, to blow the nose), Sanskrit मुञ्चति (muñcati, to release, let loose).

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meek (comparative meeker, superlative meekest)

  1. Humble, non-boastful, modest, meager, or self-effacing.
  2. Submissive, dispirited.

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meek (third-person singular simple present meeks, present participle meeking, simple past and past participle meeked)

  1. (US) (of horses) To tame; to break.

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