[ UK /mˈiːnli/ ]
  1. in a nasty ill-tempered manner
    `Don't expect me to help you,' he added nastily
  2. poorly or in an inferior manner
    troops meanly equipped
  3. in a despicable, ignoble manner
    this new leader meanly threatens the deepest values of our society
  4. in a miserly manner
    they lived meanly and without ostentation
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How To Use meanly In A Sentence

  • She scowled meanly, then her face became more serious and thoughtful.
  • When she rejected his approaches, he began to treat her meanly and find fault with her.
  • On his wrist a heavy gold ( goldish, Liz persuaded herself meanly) bracelet. DEATH AND TRANSFIGURATION
  • He had been behaving very meanly to his girlfriend.
  • this new leader meanly threatens the deepest values of our society
  • Seldom will so much hot air have been expended by so many for such a meanly self-serving and self-defeating result.
  • And how meanly soever we account of their Mill-stones; yet there they drill them, and enchase them in Rings, which afterward they send to the great Soldane, and have whatsoever they will demaund for them. The Decameron
  • I was sick for a couple of days, meanly sick, and my arms were painfully poisoned from the barnacle scratches. Chapter 6
  • The columns were of different substances; some of handsome marble, others of rough stone meanly plastered over, with dissimilar capitals, vulgarly cut shafts of various sizes; here with a pediment, there without, now turned upside down, then joined together by halves in the centre, and almost invariably nescient of intercolumnar rule. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah
  • There it was all spiritual. Here it was all material , and meanly material.
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