The adjective meek describes a person who is willing to go along with whatever other people want to do, like a meek classmate who won't speak up, even when he or she is treated unfairly.

  • Pronunciation: / mik/
  • English description: evidencing little spirit or courage; overly submissive or compliant
  • Synonyms: spiritless
  • Chinese Translation:  逆来顺受的(ni4 lai2 shun4 shou4 de)
  • Spanish Translation: manso
  • ORIGIN: A meek person can also be humble, but these words aren't quite synonyms. If you are humble, you don't want a lot of attention, like the humble athlete who has a truly excellent performance yet after the game, tells reporters that it was group effort by the whole team. A meek person, on the other hand, would never think a reporter would ever want to talk to him or her, and if asked, would probably try to get someone else, someone more "worthy," to do it.


  • It was a surprise to the media, too, which had arrived to cover a separate, smaller and somewhat meek protest outside the hotel.
  • They can’t be too quiet or too loud, too emotional or too cold, too meek or too aggressive, and so on.

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