What does menial mean?

Definitions for menial
ˈmi ni əl, ˈmin yəlme·nial

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. menialadjective

    a domestic servant

  2. humble, menial, lowlyadjective

    used of unskilled work (especially domestic work)


  1. menialnoun

    A servant, especially a domestic servant.

  2. menialnoun

    A person who has a subservient nature.

    His sister was a menial girl, but he sought to help her develop a mind of her own.

  3. menialadjective

    Of or relating to work normally performed by a servant.

  4. menialadjective

    Of or relating to unskilled work.

  5. Etymology: From meinial, from meignial, from meignee, from mansionata, from mansio, mansion.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Menialadjective

    Etymology: from meiny or many; meni , Saxon, or mesnie, old French.

    Two menial dogs before their master press’d;
    Thus clad, and guarded thus, he seeks his kingly guest. John Dryden, Æneis.

    The women attendants perform only the most menial offices. Gulliver’s Travels.

  2. Menialnoun

    One of the train of servants.


  1. menial

    A domestic worker or domestic servant is a person who works within the scope of a residence. The term "domestic service" applies to the equivalent occupational category. In traditional English contexts, such a person was said to be "in service". Domestic workers perform a variety of household services for an individual, from providing cleaning and household maintenance, or cooking, laundry and ironing, or care for children and elderly dependents, and other household errands. Some domestic workers live within their employer's household. In some cases, the contribution and skill of servants whose work encompassed complex management tasks in large households have been highly valued. However, for the most part, domestic work tends to be demanding and is commonly considered to be undervalued, despite often being necessary. Although legislation protecting domestic workers is in place in many countries, it is often not extensively enforced. In many jurisdictions, domestic work is poorly regulated and domestic workers are subject to serious abuses, including slavery.Servant is an older English word for "domestic worker", though not all servants worked inside the home. Domestic service, or the employment of people for wages in their employer's residence, was sometimes simply called "service" and has often been part of a hierarchical system. In Britain a highly developed system of domestic service peaked towards the close of the Victorian era, perhaps reaching its most complicated and rigidly structured state during the Edwardian period (a period known in the United States as the Gilded Age and in France as the Belle Époque), which reflected the limited social mobility before World War I.


  1. menial

    Menial refers to work or tasks that require minimal skill or are lowly ranked, often involving physical labor or tedious tasks, and typically considered unfulfilling, subservient or degrading. It often pertains to work typically done by servants or lower-level employees.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Menialnoun

    belonging to a retinue or train of servants; performing servile office; serving

  2. Menialnoun

    pertaining to servants, esp. domestic servants; servile; low; mean

  3. Menialnoun

    a domestic servant or retainer, esp. one of humble rank; one employed in low or servile offices

  4. Menialnoun

    a person of a servile character or disposition

  5. Etymology: [OE. meneal, fr. meine, maine, household, OF. maisnie, maisnie, LL. mansionaticum. See Mansion, and cf. Meine, n., Meiny.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Menial

    mē′ni-al, adj. of or pertaining to a train of servants: doing servile work: low.—n. a domestic servant: one performing servile work: a person of servile disposition. [O. Fr., mesnee, a household. See Mansion.]

Anagrams for menial »

  1. maline

  2. limean

  3. melian

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of menial in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of menial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of menial in a Sentence

  1. Harriet Martineau:

    For my own part, I had rather suffer any inconvenience from having to work occasionally in chambers and kitchen... than witness the subservience in which the menial class is held in Europe.

  2. William John Bennett:

    There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.

  3. Og Mandino:

    The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams.

  4. Craig Huntly:

    At that time black servicemen were pretty much relegated to menial type work and my uncle didn't want to do that, but he was aware of the Tuskegee Experiment and how important it was.

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