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You are viewing the etymology of mean meaning: (Adjective) (chiefly, UK) Ungenerous; stingy, tightfisted; North American English: cheap; formal: niggardly, penurious, miserly.. (informal, often, childish) Difficult, tricky.. (obsolete) Common; general.. [...](chiefly, UK) Ungenerous; stingy, tightfisted; North American English: cheap; formal: niggardly, penurious, miserly.. (informal, often, childish) Difficult, tricky.. (obsolete) Common; general.. [...]. You may also see other English etymologies of mean.
English word mean comes from the Proto-Indo-European root *mey- (to change, exhange, share), through Proto-Germanic *gamainiz (common, ordinary, shared).

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Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*mey- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) change, exchange, share
*ga- Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Indicates association or togetherness; co-.. Indicates completeness or wholeness. In verbs, also indicates perfectivity (a finished action).
*moyni- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*mainiz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Common.
mæne Old English (ang) Common. Mean; wicked; false; evil.
*gamainiz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Common, ordinary. Shared, communal, public.
mǣne Old English (ang)
mene Middle English (enm)
mean English (eng) (chiefly, UK) Ungenerous; stingy, tightfisted; North American English: cheap; formal: niggardly, penurious, miserly.. (informal, often, childish) Difficult, tricky.. (obsolete) Common; general.. Accomplished with great skill; deft; hard to compete with.. Causing or intending to cause intentional harm; bearing ill will towards another; cruel; malicious.. Disobliging; pettily offensive or [...]

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Descendants of *mī-
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Descendants of *ga-
and around brother but each enough for game go going like man meet men mind or ready right set us woman women yeah yet
Descendants of *meyn-
moan moon moonlight moonshine