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)

Wiktionary

  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.

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.]

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Numerology

  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. 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.

  2. William John Bennett:

    There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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