(noun, adjective, verb)


1. (math) the average or expected value

- the mean annual rainfall

Similar word(s): normal, average

2. intending to cause harm; bearing ill will towards another; cruel; malicious.

- in a mean mood

Similar word(s): awful, nasty, hateful

3. having or showing a lack of honor or morality

- taking a mean advantage

- chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort

- something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics

Similar word(s): ignoble, base, meanspirited

4. Done with great skill; hard to compete with; excellent.

- famous for a mean fastball

Similar word(s): skilled

5. low in quality or degree; inferior; poor; shabby.

- a mean hut

Similar word(s): poor, beggarly

6. (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity

- a mean person

Similar word(s): stingy, ungenerous, mingy, miserly, tight

7. (used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt

Similar word(s): stingy, ungenerous, beggarly

8. selfish; acting without consideration of others; unkind.

Sentences with mean as an adjective:

- a man of mean parentage

- a mean appearance

- a mean motive

- He's so mean. I've never seen him spend so much as five pounds on presents for his children.

- It was mean to steal the girl's piggy bank, but he just had to get uptown and he had no cash of his own.

- Watch out for her, she's mean. I said good morning to her, and she punched me in the nose.

- It must have been a mean typhoon that levelled this town.

- Your mother can roll a mean cigarette.

- He hits a mean backhand.

- This problem is mean!


1. an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n

Definition categories: thought, average, norm


1. mean or intend to express or convey

- You never understand what I mean!

Similar word(s): intend

Definition categories: communication, convey

2. have as a logical consequence

- The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers

Similar word(s): entail, imply

Definition categories: stative, necessitate

3. denote or connote

- `maison' means `house' in French

- An example sentence would show what this word means

Similar word(s): intend, signify

Definition categories: communication

4. have in mind as a purpose

- I mean no harm

- I only meant to help you

Similar word(s): intend, think

Definition categories: cognition

5. have a specified degree of importance

- My ex-husband means nothing to me

- Happiness means everything

Definition categories: stative

6. intend to refer to

- Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!

Definition categories: cognition, associate, colligate, connect, link, relate

7. destine or designate for a certain purpose

- These flowers were meant for you

Definition categories: cognition, designate, destine, intend, specify

Sentences with mean as a verb:

- I didn't mean to knock your tooth out.

- I mean to go to Baddeck this summer.

- I meant to take the car in for a smog check, but it slipped my mind.

- Don't be angry; she meant well.

- Actually this desk was meant for the subeditor.

- Man was not meant to question such things.

- I'm afraid I don't understand what you mean.

- The sky is red this morning—does that mean we're in for a storm?

- What does this hieroglyph mean?

- Does she really mean what she said to him last night?

- Say what you mean and mean what you say.

- One faltering step means certain death.

- My home life means a lot to me.