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    Mean

    Definitions

    1 | adjective | approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value
2 | adjective | characterized by malice
3 | adjective | having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality
4 | adjective | excellent
5 | adjective | marked by poverty befitting a beggar
6 | adjective | (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity
7 | adjective | (used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt
8 | adjective | of no value or worth
(16 meanings)

    Pronunciation

    m'een (IPA: mˈin)

    Hyphenation

    mean (no hyphenation) (4 letters | 1 syllable)

    First known use in English

    1300 (High Middle ages) (724 years ago)

    1852 (Victorian era) (172 years ago)

    1330 (High Middle ages) (694 years ago)

    Word origins

    Old English | | Old French | Latin

    Overall typical frequency

    written: 456th most common (1 in 4444 words) (88% verb | 12% adjective | 0% noun)

    spoken: 64th most common (1 in 442 words)

    (includes some inflected forms)

    Word frequency history

    Word frequency history

    Inflected forms

    meaner | meanest | meant | meaning | means

    Synonyms

    average | hateful | base | meanspirited | beggarly | mingy | miserly | tight | bastardly | intend | say | entail | imply | signify | stand for | ... (total: 20)

    Antonyms

    compassionate | generous | kind | nice | polite | sympathetic | gentle | noble (total: 8)

    Narrower terms

    aim | drive | get | import | represent | signify | spell | stand for | symbolise | symbolize | typify | denote | refer | be after | design | ... (total: 30)

    Broader terms

    convey | necessitate | associate | colligate | connect | link | link up | relate | tie in | designate | destine | intend | specify | average | norm (total: 15)

    Rhymes

    aquamarine | baleen | bean | benzene | between | caffeine | canteen | careen | casein | citrine | clean | colleen | convene | cuisine | dean | ... (total: 66)
(based on typical American pronunciation)

    Homophone

    mien

    Lexically close words

    bean | Bean | dean | Dean | jean | Jean | Kean | lean | Lean | mead | meal | meat | moan | Sean | wean (total: 15)

    Anagrams

    amen | mane | name

    Phrases

    golden mean | mean deviation | mean deviation from the mean | mean distance | mean solar day | mean solar time | mean sun | mean time | mean value | regression toward the mean (total: 10)

    Translations

    Mandarin Chinese: | 卑鄙的 (adjective) | 表示...的意思 (verb)
Hindi: | कृपण (adjective) | अर्थ होना (verb)
Arabic: | حَقير (adjective) | يَعني (verb)
Spanish: | mordaz (answer) | cáustico (answer) | virulento (answer) | acerbo (answer) | malévolo (behavior) | malo (behavior) | horrible (behavior) | atroz (behavior) | pésimo (behavior) | promedio (mathematics) | término medio (mathematics) | indicar (omen) | representar (omen) | significar (omen) | presagiar (omen) | augurar (omen) | destinar (purpose) | significar (meaning) | querer decir (meaning) | insinuar (meaning) | significar (importance) | representar (importance)
French: | caustique (answer) | mordant (answer) | acerbe (answer) | virulent (answer) | acrimonieux (answer) | méchant (behavior) | vicieux (behavior) | déplaisant (behavior) | épouvantable (behavior) | abominable (behavior) | moyenne (mathematics) | indiquer (omen) | signifier (omen) | promettre (omen) | augurer (omen) | destiner (purpose) | signifier (meaning) | vouloir dire (meaning) | en venir à (meaning) | signifier (importance) | être important (importance)

    Other notable uses

    Mean (US population: 370 people, asian pacific islander: 76%)

    Tbeng Mean Chey (Cambodia, 25286 people)

    Lean Mean Thirteen (Janet Evanovich) | The Doctrine of the Mean (Zisi)

    The Mean Season | Mean Streets | Mean Machine | Mean Johnny Barrows | Mean Girls | Mean Creek (total: 6)

    mean.com | mean.net | mean.info | mean.biz

    Crossword puzzle clues

    Aim | Average | Bad-tempered | Base | Bell curve figure | Cruel | Hard-hearted | Have as a definition | Ignoble | Ill-tempered | Imply | Important statistic | Intend | Like taking candy from a baby? | Lowdown | Middle figure | Nasty | ... (total: 28)
(based on all New York Times crossword puzzles 1994 to 2009)

    Scrabble score

    6 (International English) | 6 (North American English)

    Phone keypad digits

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