mean (adj.) Old form(s): meane
unworthy, insignificant, unimportant
2H6 III.ii.146[King to himself, of caressing dead Gloucester] all in vain are these mean obsequies
3H6 I.iii.19[Rutland to Clifford] I am too mean a subject for thy wrath
AW III.v.59[Helena to Diana, of herself] she is too mean / To have her name repeated
Cym II.ii.29[Iachimo to himself, of Innogen] some natural notes about her body / Above ten thousand meaner movables / Would testify
TC II.ii.193[Hector to all, of keeping Helen] 'tis a cause that hath no mean dependence / Upon our joint and several dignities [i.e. to no small degree]
TS V.ii.31.1[Katherina to Widow] A very mean meaning
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