1. (uncountable) The condition, or quality, of being mean#Etymology_2|mean (any of its definitions)
    This figure is of a later date, by the meanness of the workmanship. Addison
  2. (countable) A mean act.
    • 1908, The World's Work (volume 16, page 10497)
      There are enough meannesses in everyone — ourselves included — to make for us a contemptible world, if we select the meannesses and let our minds dwell upon them.
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