mean [-s] n

Partly the absolute use of mean, adj., and partly adopted from the similar substantive use in OFr 'that which is in the middle'.

  1. Instrument; medium through which something is done.
  2. Instrument of action or performance.

mean [-er, -est] adj

Old High German

  1. Contemptible; despicable.
  2. Intervening; intermediate; coming between.
  3. Of little or no value; humble; poor.
  4. Destitute of honor; spiritless.

mean [-t, -s] v

Old High German meinen, to have in mind.

  1. Signify; indicate.
  2. Intend.