Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MEANER

The one next to it is a sword of the same period, only used by a meaner person.

I surrounded myself with the smaller natures and the meaner minds.

A meaner temple was never consecrated to the worship of the Deity.

"Maybe I've been mean—but you're been meaner," she summed up, in self-justification.

I thought my dad was meaner than a spiled herrin' to keep on sayin' no when I said yes.

He had not escaped notice, but the meaner sinner had obscured him for the moment.

But there's no accounting for tastes, and I am glad to see that yours are no meaner.

The distinction of the meaner people is made by their Christian names.

She will hold the purse-strings, and make him meaner than he is already.

Could any advantage be meaner than the one which Ernest had taken?

WORD ORIGIN

"intend, have in mind," Old English mænan "to mean, intend, signify; tell, say; complain, lament," from West Germanic *mainijan (cf. Old Frisian mena "to signify," Old Saxon menian "to intend, signify, make known," Dutch menen, German meinen "think, suppose, be of the opinion"), from PIE *meino- "opinion, intent" (cf. Old Church Slavonic meniti "to think, have an opinion," Old Irish mian "wish, desire," Welsh mwyn "enjoyment"), perhaps from root *men- "think" (see mind (n.)). Conversational question you know what I mean? attested by 1834.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.