meanly

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Meanly \Mean"ly\, adverb [{Mean} middle.] Moderately. [Obs.]

A man meanly learned himself, but not meanly affectioned to set forward learning in others. --Ascham.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Meanly \Mean"ly\, adverb [From {Mean} low.] In a mean manner; unworthily; basely; poorly; ungenerously.

While the heaven-born child All meanly wrapt in the rude manger lies. --Milton.

Would you meanly thus rely On power you know I must obey ? --Prior.

We can not bear to have others think meanly of them [our kindred]. --I. Watts.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

meanly

adverb

1: in a nasty ill-tempered manner; "'Don't expect me to help you,' he added nastily" [syn: {nastily}, {meanly}]

2: in a despicable, ignoble manner; "this new leader meanly threatens the deepest values of our society" [syn: {meanly}, {scurvily}, {basely}]

3: poorly or in an inferior manner; "troops meanly equipped"

4: in a miserly manner; "they lived meanly and without ostentation" [syn: {meanly}, {humbly}]


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