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adjective
 
 
/miːn/
UNKIND B2 unkind and unpleasant: I thought my sister was being mean to me.Unkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseBad-tempered
NOT GENEROUS mainly UK B2 A mean person does not like spending money, especially on other people: He's too mean to buy her a ring.Mean with money
VIOLENT mainly US A mean person or animal is strong and violent, and makes people frightened: He's a big, mean guy.Violent or aggressiveUnkind, cruel and unfeelingTreating people or animals badly
GOOD [always before noun] informal very good: I make a mean spaghetti.Informal words for goodGood, better and bestQuite good, or not very good
AVERAGE [always before noun] In maths, a mean number is an average number: Their mean age at death was 84.6.StatisticsAverages
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