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  • adj.卑贱的, 吝啬的

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I. verb (meant; meaning)

  • Etymology: Middle English menen, from Old English m?nan; akin to Old High German meinen to have in mind, Old Church Slavic měniti to mention
  • Date: before 12th century
  • transitive verb
    • 1.
      • a. to have in the mind as a purpose ; intend <she means to win> — sometimes used interjectionally with I, chiefly in informal speech for emphasis<he throws, I mean, hard> or to introduce a phrase restating the point of a preceding phrase<we try to answer what we can, but I mean we're not God — Bobbie Ann Mason>
      • b. to design for or destine to a specified purpose or future <I was meant to teach>
    • 2. to serve or intend to convey, show, or indicate ; signify <a red sky means rain>
    • 3. to have importance to the degree of <health means everything>
    • 4. to direct to a particular individual
  • intransitive verb
    • to have an intended purpose <he means well>
  • ? meaner noun

II. adjective

  • Etymology: Middle English mene, from imene common, shared, from Old English gem?ne; akin to Old High German gimeini common, Latin communis common, munus service, gift, Sanskrit mayate he exchanges
  • Date: 14th century
  • 1. lacking distinction or eminence ; humble
  • 2. lacking in mental discrimination ; dull
  • 3.
    • a. of poor shabby inferior quality or status <mean city streets>
    • b. worthy of little regard ; contemptible — often used in negative constructions as a term of praise<no mean feat>
  • 4. lacking dignity or honor ; base
  • 5.
  • 6. ashamed 1b
  • ? meanness noun
  • Synonyms:
    • mean, ignoble, abject, sordid mean being below the normal standards of human decency and dignity. mean suggests having such repellent characteristics as small-m

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