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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Mean a. [Compar. Meaner superl. Meanest.]
 1. Destitute of distinction or eminence; common; low; vulgar; humble. “Of mean parentage.”
    The mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself.   --Is. ii. 9.
 2. Wanting dignity of mind; low-minded; base; destitute of honor; spiritless; as, a mean motive.
 Can you imagine I so mean could prove,
 To save my life by changing of my love ?   --Dryden.
 3. Of little value or account; worthy of little or no regard; contemptible; despicable.
 The Roman legions and great Caesar found
 Our fathers no mean foes.   --J. Philips.
 4. Of poor quality; as, mean fare.
 5. Penurious; stingy; close-fisted; illiberal; as, mean hospitality.
 Note:Mean is sometimes used in the formation of compounds, the sense of which is obvious without explanation; as, meanborn, mean-looking, etc.
 Syn: -- Base; ignoble; abject; beggarly; wretched; degraded; degenerate; vulgar; vile; servile; menial; spiritless; groveling; slavish; dishonorable; disgraceful; shameful; despicable; contemptible; paltry; sordid. See Base.