mean (adj.) Old form(s): meane , mean'st
lowly, humble, poor
AC IV.xv.74[Cleopatra to all] the maid that milks / And does the meanest chares
CE I.i.55[Egeon to Duke] A mean woman was delivered / Of such a burden male
CE III.i.28[Antipholus of Ephesus to Balthasar] though my cates be mean, take them in good part
Cor IV.iv.1[stage direction] Enter Coriolanus in mean apparel
Cym I.vii.8[Innogen alone] Blessed be those, / How mean soe'er
Cym II.iii.132[Innogen to Cloten, of Posthumus] His mean'st garment
Cym III.ii.51[Innogen to Pisanio, of the distance to Milford] If one of mean affairs / May plod it in a week
Per II.ii.58.1[stage direction] all cry 'The mean knight!'
R2 I.ii.33[Duchess of Gloucester to John of Gaunt] That which in mean men we entitle patience / Is pale cold cowardice in noble breasts
RJ III.iii.46[Romeo to Friar] Hadst thou ... / No sudden mean of death, though ne'er so mean, / But 'banished' to kill me
Tem III.i.4[Ferdinand alone, of carrying logs] my mean task / Would be as heavy to me as odious
Tim I.i.96[Painter to Poet] mean eyes have seen / The foot above the head
TNK II.iii.3[Gaoler's Daughter alone, of Palamon] I am base, / My father the mean keeper of his prison
TS I.i.202[Lucentio to Tranio, of changing identities] I will some other be - some Florentine ... or meaner man of Pisa
TS II.i.39.2[stage direction] Enter ... Lucentio, disguised as Cambio, in the habit of a mean man
TS IV.iii.166[Petruchio to Katherina] we will unto your father's / Even in these honest mean habiliments
TS IV.iii.170[Petruchio to Katherina, of the sun through clouds] So honour peereth in the meanest habit
TS IV.iii.176[Petruchio to Katherina, of her clothes] this poor furniture and mean array
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