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From Arabic مِسْكِين(miskīn) from Aramaic מסכןא(meskēnā), derived from Akkadian 𒈦𒆕 (muškēnu, villein, indigent; class of people dependent or reliant on others, unable to provide supplies on their own; commoner). The Akkadian term is first recorded in early dynastic Sumer. Compare French mesquin, Portuguese mesquinho, Spanish mezquino.


meschino (feminine singular meschina, masculine plural meschini, feminine plural meschine)

  1. wretched
  2. mean, sleazy
  3. narrow-minded
  4. petty
  5. poor (used to express commiseration in Liguria)


meschino m (plural meschini)

  1. wretch