ETYM Latin abjectus, p. p. of abjicere to throw away; ab + jacere to throw. Related to Jet a shooting forth.
1. Most unfortunate or miserable.
2. Of the most contemptible kind; SYN. low, low-down, miserable, scummy, scurvy.
3. Showing humiliation or submissiveness.
4. Showing utter resignation or hopelessness; SYN. resigned, unhopeful.
Humble; miserable; craven.
ETYM Old Eng. bass, French bas, low, from Late Lat. bassus thick, fat, short, humble; cf. Latin Bassus, a proper name, and w. bas shallow. Related to Bass a part in music.
1. Debased; not genuine.
2. Not adhering to ethical or moral principles; SYN. dishonorable, dishonourable, immoral, unethical.
3. Of low birth or station ('base' is archaic in this sense); SYN. baseborn, humble, lowly.
4. Having or showing a meanspirited lack of honor or morality; SYN. mean, meanspirited.
5. (Used of metals) Consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal.
6. (Archaic) Illegitimate; SYN. baseborn.
1. Soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime; SYN. soiled, unclean.
2. Spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination; SYN. contaminating.
3. Unethical or dishonest; SYN. sordid.
4. Expressing or revealing hostility or dislike
5. (Of color) Discolored by impurities; not bright and clear; is often used in combination; SYN. dingy, muddied, muddy.
6. Vile; despicable; SYN. filthy, lousy.
7. (Of behavior or especially language) Characterized by obscenity or indecency
8. Obtained illegally or by improper means; SYN. ill-gotten.
9. (Of a manuscript) Defaced with changes; SYN. foul, marked-up.
10. Unpleasantly stormy
ETYM Latin ignobilis; pref. in- not + nobilis noble: cf. French ignoble. Related to In- not, and Noble.
1. Completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose.
2. Not of the nobility; SYN. ungentle, untitled.
1. Being at or having a relatively small elevation or upward extension.
2. Less than normal in degree or intensity or amount.
3. Unrefined in character.
4. Used of sounds and voices; low in pitch or frequency; SYN. low-pitched.
5. Very low in volume; SYN. low-toned.
ETYM Old Eng. mene, Old Fren. meiien, French moyen, from Latin medianus that is in the middle, from medius; akin to Eng. mid. Related to Mid.
1. Used of persons or behavior; characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity; SYN. mingy, miserly, little, small, tight.
2. (Slang) Excellent.
ETYM Old Eng. meneal, from meine, maine, household, Old Fren. maisniée, maisnie, Late Lat. mansionaticum. Related to Mansion, Meine, Meiny.
1. Servile; tiresome and arduous; mean.
2. Belonging to a group of servants; performing domestic duties; serving.
ETYM Latin servile, from servus a servant or slave: cf. French servile. Related to Serve.
1. Pertaining to or involving slaves.
2. Submissive or fawning in attitude or behavior.
3. Involving slaves.
4. Pertaining to or like a slave; slavish; cringing.
1. Low in stature; not tall
2. Primarily spatial sense; having little length or lacking in length
3. Most direct; SYN. shortest.
4. (Prosody) Used of syllables that are unaccented or of relatively brief duration.
5. (Phonetics) Of speech sounds (especially vowels) of relatively short duration (as e.g. the English vowel sounds in 'pat', 'pet', 'pit', 'pot', putt').
6. (Of memory) Deficient in retentiveness or range
7. Primarily temporal sense; indicating or being or seeming to be limited in duration
8. (Finance) Not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices
9. Unwilling to endure; SYN. unforbearing.
10. Lacking foresight or scope; SYN. shortsighted, unforesightful.
11. Containing a large amount of shortening; therefore tender and easy to crumble or break into flakes