informalused to say that something is very good or that someone is very good at doing something:
He plays a mean game of poker.
They serve a mean Sunday brunch at the restaurant on Fourth Street.
[only before noun]technicalHMaverage:
The study involved 60 patients with a mean age of 58.2 years.
The mean annual rainfall was 852 mm.
[only before noun]literarypoor or looking poor:
She walked briskly through the mean and dirty streets.
WORD FOCUS: horrible WORD FOCUS: horrible taste or smell:nasty, not very nice, revolting, disgusting, foul, unpleasant, grossinformal experience, situation, or feeling:nasty, not very nice, terrible, unpleasant person:nasty, not very nice, obnoxious, meanAmerican English, unpleasant, objectionable ➔ See alsohorribleWORD FOCUS: unkind WORD FOCUS: unkind similar words:nasty, cruel, mean, inconsiderate, thoughtless, insensitive, unsympathetic, hard-hearted ➔ See alsounkind
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.