1. [ adjective ] having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality
Synonyms: mean base

"liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble"- Edmund Burke "chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort"- Shakespeare "something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics"

Related terms: ignoble
2. [ adjective ] lacking in magnanimity
Synonyms: ungenerous

"it seems ungenerous to end this review of a splendid work of scholarship on a critical note"- Times Litt. Sup. "a meanspirited man unwilling to forgive"

Related terms: generous grudging uncharitable stingy
Similar spelling:   meanspiritedly