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Definition of mean adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    mean

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//min//
     
    (meaner, meanest)
     
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    unkind
  1. 1mean (to somebody) (of people or their behavior) unkind, for example by not letting someone have or do something Don't be so mean to your little brother!
  2. angry/violent
  3. 2 likely to become angry or violent That's a mean-looking dog.
  4. skillful
  5. 3 (informal) very good and skillful He's a mean tennis player. She plays a mean game of chess.
  6. average
  7. 4[only before noun] (technology) average; between the highest and the lowest, etc. the mean temperature
  8. poor
  9. 5(literary) poor and dirty in appearance mean houses/streets
  10. 6(old-fashioned) born into or coming from a low social class These rights apply even to the meanest laborer.
  11. meanly adjective
     
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  12. NAmE//ˈminnəs//
     
    noun [uncountable]
  13. Idioms
    be no mean… (approving)
     
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    used to say that someone is very good at doing something His mother was a painter, and he's no mean artist himself.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: mean