Student Thesaurus

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Entry Word: mean
Function: adjective
Text: 1 belonging to the class of people of low social or economic rank <Alexander Hamilton seems to have had feelings of inferiority because of his mean origins> -- see IGNOBLE 1
2 giving or sharing as little as possible <a mean child who hoarded all her toys> -- see STINGY 1
3 having or showing a desire to cause someone pain or suffering for the sheer enjoyment of it <a mean, embittered old woman who wanted company for her misery> -- see HATEFUL
4 not following or in accordance with standards of honor and decency <a mean trick to play on a trusting person> -- see IGNOBLE 2
5 of little or less value or merit <it's no mean feat to memorize that long poem> -- see INFERIOR 2
6 of the very best kind <I'm a mean dancer, so you could do worse than go to the prom with me> -- see EXCELLENT
7 showing signs of advanced wear and tear and neglect <a mean little car that was almost 20 years old> -- see SHABBY 1