Definition of meanness in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmiːnnəs/


[mass noun]
1chiefly British Lack of generosity; miserliness.
Example sentences
  • He has written to the Berlin-based national association of advertising agencies telling them their obsession with Scottish meanness is damaging.
  • Nothing but meanness is stopping us having homes like the Jetsons.
  • He censures the cruelty of slave masters, the dodges of legacy hunters, and the meanness of the wealthy, but the targets of his criticisms are normally anonymous.
miserliness, niggardliness, close-fistedness, parsimony, parsimoniousness, penny-pinching, cheese-paring, penury, illiberality, greed, avarice, acquisitiveness
informal stinginess, tight-fistedness, tightness, minginess
North American  cheapness
archaic nearness
2Unkindness, spitefulness, or unfairness: all the hatred and meanness, despair and sorrow surrounding us
More example sentences
  • I stand shoulder to shoulder with all denouncers of meanness.
  • The same apprehensions, in every situation, regulate his notions of meanness or of dignity.
  • Most of the time meanness is more dangerous than civilized standards.
2.1North American Aggressive character; viciousness: he is also callous, with a streak of meanness
More example sentences
  • He manages his household with a mind free from the taint of meanness.
  • He just seems to bring out the meanness in them.
  • I want to show the level of meanness people are capable of.
3Lack of quality or attractiveness; shabbiness: the meanness of that existence
More example sentences
  • Even in her shock, she was appalled by the meanness of the men's living conditions.
  • In Iraq, the distinction between wheaten and barley bread is identical to that in Europe: it is synonymous with poverty or meanness.
  • She struggles with the poverty and meanness of her surroundings to keep herself and her family 'respectable' and is determined that her boys will not become miners.

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