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Mean, adj. 1) common, vulgar, trivial, insignificant: “a very m. meaning,” Shr. V, 2, 31. “all in vain are these m. obsequies,” H6B III, 2, 146. “'tis a cause that hath no m. dependence upon our joint and several dignities,” Troil. II, 2, 192. “hadst thou no poison mixed, no sharp-ground knife, no sudden mean of death, though ne'er so m., but 'banished' to kill me?” Rom. III, 3, 45. “some natural notes about her body, above ten thousand --er moveables would testify,” Cymb. II, 2, 29. “if one of m. affairs may plod it in a week, why may not I glide thither in a day?” III, 2, 52.
2) low, humble, poor: “that --er men should vaunt that golden hap,” Lucr. 41. “this my m. task,” Tp. III, 1, 4. “my --er ministers their several kinds have done,” III, 3, 87. IV, 1, 35. “too m. a servant to have a look of such a worthy mistress,” Gent. II, 4, 107. Err. I, 1, 55. III, 1, 28. LLL II, 13. Merch. I, 2, 7. As I, 3, 113. Shr. I, 1, 210. IV, 3, 172. IV, 3, 172 IV, 3, 172 V, 2, 32. All's III, 5, 63. Wint. I, 2, 313. V, 1, 93. R2 I, 2, 33. H4A III, 2, 13. H5 III, 1, 29. IV Chor. H5 III, 1, 29 H6A II, 5, 123. IV, 6, 23. H6B II, 1, 185. IV, 8, 39. V, 1, 64. H6C I, 3, 19. III, 2, 97. IV, 1, 71. R3 V, 2, 24. H8 II, 2, 136. Troil. II, 2, 156. Cor. I, 6, 27. IV, 2, 40. Tit. II, 1, 73. IV, 4, 33. Lr. IV, 6, 208. Ant. II, 5, 83. IV, 15, 75. Cymb. II, 3, 121. Cymb. II, 3, 121 Cymb. II, 3, 121 IV, 2, 246. Per. II, 2, 59. IV, 6, 108.
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