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meanly adv
1 in a nasty ill-tempered manner; "`Don't expect me to help you,' he added nastily" [syn: nastily]
2 in a despicable, ignoble manner; "this new leader meanly threatens the deepest values of our society" [syn: scurvily, basely]
3 poorly or in an inferior manner; "troops meanly equipped"
4 in a miserly manner; "they lived meanly and without ostentation" [syn: humbly]

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  1. In a mean manner; ill-willed, nastily.
    He meanly refused to ever make a charitable donation.
  2. Within means; humbly.
  3. Poorly or inadequately.

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