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mean2

 
pronunciation:
min
features:
Word Combinations (adjective)
part of speech: adjective
inflections: meaner, meanest
definition 1: ill-tempered or showing malice or lack of kindness.
Be careful of that mean dog next door.It was mean of those kids to tease you.Don't be mean to the cat; you're hurting her.His stepfather was simply a mean man who took pleasure in doling out punishment.
synonyms:
currish, lowdown, malicious, nasty
antonyms:
good-tempered, kind, nice
similar words:
bad-tempered, cruel, lousy, low, malevolent, ornery, shoddy, spiteful, ugly, vicious, wicked
definition 2: lacking generosity and humane feelings for others.
Don't look to your miserly uncle to help you; he's always had a mean spirit.
synonyms:
inhumane, petty
antonyms:
beneficent, benevolent, bighearted, generous
similar words:
base, brutish, cruel, dastardly, grubby, inhuman, little, low, shabby, shoddy, small, small-minded, unkind
definition 3: inferior, low in quality, or poor in appearance.
The peasants lived in mean cottages far from the manor.
synonyms:
base, inferior, low-grade, poor, shabby, wretched
antonyms:
grand
similar words:
cheap, execrable, grubby, little, low, meager, petty, shoddy, sorry
definition 4: very small in amount.
He's paid only a mean salary.
synonyms:
meager, scanty, skimpy, slim, small
antonyms:
generous
similar words:
little, measly, negligible, paltry, piddling, trifling
definition 5: (informal) excellent; difficult to beat.
She plays a mean game of chess.
synonyms:
fine, terrific, wicked
antonyms:
lousy, poor
similar words:
excellent, impressive, skillful
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