Meanly
Meanly Mean"ly, adv. [From {Mean} low.] In a mean manner; unworthily; basely; poorly; ungenerously. [1913 Webster]

While the heaven-born child All meanly wrapt in the rude manger lies. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Would you meanly thus rely On power you know I must obey ? --Prior. [1913 Webster]

We can not bear to have others think meanly of them [our kindred]. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]


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  • Meanly — Mean ly, adv. [{Mean} middle.] Moderately. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] A man meanly learned himself, but not meanly affectioned to set forward learning in others. Ascham. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • meanly — (adv.) 1580s, indifferently; 1590s, basely; c.1600, illiberally; from MEAN (Cf. mean) (adj.1) + LY (Cf. ly) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • meanly — adverb 1. in a nasty ill tempered manner Don t expect me to help you, he added nastily • Syn: ↑nastily • Derived from adjective: ↑mean, ↑nasty (for: ↑nastily) 2. in a despica …   Useful english dictionary

  • meanly — adverb /ˈmiːnli/ a) Humbly, of or from low social status; basely. Iphicrates and Marius were meanly born. b) Poorly or inadequately. He meanly refused to ever make a charitable donation …   Wiktionary

  • meanly — Ⅰ. mean [1] ► VERB (past and past part. meant) 1) intend to express or refer to. 2) (of a word) have as its explanation in the same language or its equivalent in another language. 3) intend to occur or be the case. 4) have as a consequence. 5) …   English terms dictionary

  • meanly — I. adverb Date: 14th century obsolete fairly well ; moderately II. adverb Date: 15th century in a mean manner: as a. in a lowly manner ; humbly b. in an inferior manner ; badly …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • meanly — meanly1 /meen lee/, adv. 1. in a poor, lowly, or humble manner. 2. in a base, contemptible, selfish, or shabby manner. 3. in a stingy or miserly manner. [1350 1400; ME meneli. See MEAN2, LY] meanly2 /meen lee/, adv. Obs. moderately. [1350 1400; …   Universalium

  • meanly — Synonyms and related words: abjectly, abominably, arrantly, atrociously, balefully, basely, closefistedly, commonly, contemptibly, despicably, execrably, flagrantly, foully, grossly, harmfully, hatefully, heinously, illiberally, in spite,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • meanly — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. niggardly, meagerly, miserly; see selfishly …   English dictionary for students

  • meanly — mɪːnlɪ adv. stingily, sparingly; spitefully; in a poor or lowly manner …   English contemporary dictionary

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