meed (plural meeds)
- (now literary, archaic) A payment or recompense made for services rendered or in recognition of some achievement; reward, deserts; award.
- 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.i:
- For well she wist, as true it was indeed, / That her liues Lord and patrone of her health / Right well deserued as his duefull meed, / Her loue, her seruice, and her vtmost wealth.
- 1829, Andrew Jackson, First Annual Message to Congress:
- Public gratitude, therefore, stamps her seal upon it, and the meed should not be withheld which may here after operate as a stimulus to our gallant tars.
- 1880, translation by Richard Francis Burton of Os Lusiadas, Canto IX, stanza 93 by Luís de Camões
- Better to merit and the meed to miss,
than, lacking merit, every meed possess.
- A gift; bribe.
- (dated) Merit or desert; worth.
- c 1591, William Shakespeare, King Henry VI, Part 3, Act 4, Scene VIII
- My meed hath got me fame.
- 1934, Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Commentary on The Holy Qur'an, note 3687 on 33:16:
- In any case, his life would be in ignominy and would be brief, and he would have lost irretrievably the meed of valour.
- For usage examples of this term, see Citations:meed.
From Middle English meden, from Old English *mēdian (“to reward, bribe”), from Proto-Germanic *mizdōną (“to meed”), from Proto-Indo-European *mizdʰ- (“to pay”). Cognate with Middle Low German mēden (“to reward”), German mieten (“to reward”).
meed (third-person singular simple present meeds, present participle meeding, simple past and past participle meeded)
- (transitive) To reward; bribe.
- (transitive) To deserve; merit.
- tired, fagged
- hee wia sea meed
- he was very tired
hoojoonen (to sigh, to yawn)
enoolent (tired of, sick of)