What does "mean" mean?

Does mean really mean something like really, I'm meaning like in a Question if you know what I mean. I mean seriously like someone answer this, my question means something you know what I mean?

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  • 7 years ago
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    a. To be used to convey; denote: "'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you can make words mean so many different things

    b. To act as a symbol of; signify or represent: In this poem, the budding flower means youth.

    2. To intend to convey or indicate: "No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous" (Henry Adams).

    3. To have as a purpose or an intention; intend: I meant to go running this morning, but I overslept.

    4. To design, intend, or destine for a certain purpose or end: a building that was meant for storage; a student who was meant to be a scientist.

    5. To have as a consequence; bring about: Friction means heat.

    6. To have the importance or value of: The opinions of the critics meant nothing to him. She meant so much to me.

    When use as a Adj:


    a. Selfish in a petty way; unkind.

    b. Cruel, spiteful, or malicious.

    2. Ignoble; base: a mean motive.

    3. Miserly; stingy.


    a. Low in quality or grade; inferior.

    b. Low in value or amount; paltry: paid no mean amount for the new shoes.

    5. Common or poor in appearance; shabby: "The rowhouses had been darkened by the rain and looked meaner and grimmer than ever" (Anne Tyler).

    6. Low in social status; of humble origins.

    7. Humiliated or ashamed.

    8. In poor physical condition; sick or debilitated.

    9. Extremely unpleasant or disagreeable: The meanest storm in years.

    10. Informal Ill-tempered.

    11. Slang

    a. Hard to cope with; difficult or troublesome: He throws a mean fast ball.

    b. Excellent; skillful: She plays a mean game of bridge.

  • 7 years ago

    Every word can be used so long in the right context.

    you first question was a double question so to start with that. meaning is usually asked at the start of a question.?

    I.e does 'mean' really mean something, like...( so your asking a question and trying to understand if they actually do?

  • 3 years ago


  • 7 years ago

    I have no idea what these buffalo are talking about. Everyone knows "mean" is a synonym for the arithmetic average of a set of values.

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  • 7 years ago

    Can also mean stingy or the average value in a statistical sense or just mean mean.

  • 4 years ago

    I have nothing anybody ever has by - I do it, then I do.....I know about that, but then I didn't know. I like reading books on cheeze.

  • Mean can be used to refer to something or imply something

  • 7 years ago

    In Math, it is the Average.

    So what do you actually mean?

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    In this context 'mean' refers to what you are getting at or talking about.

    Another way of saying this is, 'do you understand what I am saying?'

  • 7 years ago

    If you say someone is 'mean' it refers to his/her habits of minimising, i think.

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