• (British) IPA: /ˈmiːnli/

meanly (comparative meanlier, superlative meanliest)

  1. Humbly, of or from low social status; basely. [from 16th c.]
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗, partition II, section 3, member 2:
      Iphicrates and Marius were meanly born.
  2. Poorly or inadequately. [from 16th c.]
  3. In a mean manner; ill-willed, nastily. [from 17th c.]
    He meanly refused to ever make a charitable donation.

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