Menial

  • 1 menial — me‧ni‧al [ˈmiːniəl] adjective menial work needs little skill and is badly paid: • He worked his way through college by taking menial jobs in the vacation. * * * menial UK US /ˈmiːniəl/ adjective ► used to describe work that does not need any… …

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  • 2 Menial — Men ial, a. [OE. meneal, fr. meine, maine, household, OF. maisni[ e]e, maisnie, LL. mansionaticum. See {Mansion}, and cf. {Meine}, n., {Meiny}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Belonging to a retinue or train of servants; performing servile office; serving.… …

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  • 3 menial — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of work) requiring little skill and lacking prestige. ► NOUN ▪ a person with a menial job. ORIGIN Old French, from mesnee household …

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  • 4 Menial — Men ial, n. 1. A domestic servant or retainer, esp. one of humble rank; one employed in low or servile offices. [1913 Webster] 2. A person of a servile character or disposition. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 menial — index base (inferior), ignoble, inferior (lower in position), servile, subservient Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 6 menial — servile, slavish, *subservient, obsequious Analogous words: abject, *mean, sordid, ignoble: *base, low, vile: groveling, wallowing (see WALLOW) …

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  • 7 menial — [adj] lowly, low status abject, base, baseborn, boring, common, degrading, demeaning, dull, fawning, grovelling, humble, humdrum, ignoble, ignominious, low, mean, obeisant, obsequious, routine, servile, slavish, sorry, subservient, sycophantic,… …

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  • 8 menial — [mē′nē əl, mēn′yəl] adj. [ME meynal < Anglo Fr meignal < meiniee, a family retainer, servant < OFr meisniee, household < L mansio: see MANSION] 1. of or fit for servants 2. servile; low; mean n. 1. a domestic servant 2. a servile, low …

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  • 9 menial — me|ni|al1 [ˈmi:niəl] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Anglo French; Origin: meiniee household , from Latin mansio; MANSION] menial work is boring, needs no skill, and is not important ▪ a menial job ▪ She did menial tasks about the house. menial 2 menial2 …

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  • 10 menial — me|ni|al1 [ miniəl ] adjective menial work is boring or dirty and is considered to be of low status: a menial job in the kitchens menial me|ni|al 2 [ miniəl ] noun count someone who does menial work …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11 menial — {{11}}menial (adj.) late 14c., pertaining to a household, from Anglo Fr. meignial, from O.Fr. mesnie household, earlier mesnede, from V.L. *mansionata, from L. mansionem dwelling (see MANSION (Cf. mansion)). Sense of lowly, humble, suited to a… …

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  • 12 menial — I. noun Date: 14th century a person doing menial work; specifically a domestic servant or retainer II. adjective Etymology: Middle English meynial, from Anglo French meignal, from mesnee, mayné household, retinue, from Vulgar Latin *mansionata,… …

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  • 13 menial — menially, adv. /mee nee euhl, meen yeuhl/, adj. 1. lowly and sometimes degrading: menial work. 2. servile; submissive: menial attitudes. 3. pertaining to or suitable for domestic servants; humble: menial furnishings. n. 4. a domestic servant. 5.… …

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  • 14 menial — [[t]mi͟ːniəl[/t]] ADJ GRADED Menial work is very boring, and the people who do it have a low status and are usually badly paid. ...low paid menial jobs, such as cleaning and domestic work …

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  • 15 menial — 1 adjective menial work is boring, needs no skill, and is not important menially adverb 2 noun (C) someone who does menial work, especially a servant in a house …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 menial — UK [ˈmiːnɪəl] / US [ˈmɪnɪəl] adjective menial work is boring or dirty and is considered to be of low status a menial job in the kitchens …

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  • 17 menial — 1. adjective /ˈmiːniəl/ a) Of or relating to work normally performed by a servant. b) Of or relating to unskilled work. 2. noun /ˈmiːniəl/ a) A servant, especially a domestic servant. His sister was a menial girl, but he sought to help her… …

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  • 18 menial — adj. Menial is used with these nouns: ↑job, ↑task …

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  • 19 menial — [ mi:nɪəl] adjective (of work) requiring little skill and lacking prestige. ↘dated (of a servant) domestic. noun a person with a menial job. Derivatives menially adverb Origin ME: from OFr., from mesnee household …

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  • 20 menial — 1. adjective a menial job Syn: unskilled, lowly, humble, low status, inferior, degrading; routine, humdrum, boring, dull 2. noun they were treated like menials Syn: servant, drudge, minion, joe boy …

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