meh

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See also: Meh, MEH, MÉH, méh, -meh, мен, мең, and мөн

English

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Etymology 1

Popularized by the American television show The Simpsons; first used on the show in the episode titled "Sideshow Bob Roberts" (1994). Possibly ultimately from Yiddish מע(me, so-so) [1928].[1]

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /mɛ/
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Adjective

meh (comparative more meh, superlative most meh)

  1. Mediocre; lackluster; unexceptional; uninspiring.
    • 2003, steve-o, “Jam On The River Mini-Review”, in rec.music.phish, Usenet[2]:
      They redeemed themselves with this show. The first song or two was meh, but they were on fire after that.
    • 2006, Suzanne D., “Recaps: Finals Week 8 Performances, 5/2/2006”, in alt.tv.american-idol, Usenet[3]:
      The voice is excellent as always, but the overall effect was meh until the end, where he became a little bit awesome.
    • 2006, FunkyM, “Turned on RAW for the first time in forever last night...”, in rec.sport.pro.wrestling, Usenet[4]:
      Nothing that was supposed to be big and exciting came off as such and the rest was meh at best.
  2. Apathetic; unenthusiastic.
    • 2003, Dana, “10/18/03 Shows”, in alt.tv.trading-spaces, Usenet[5]:
      Both shows left me feeling, meh.
    • 2004, jennifer, “The FANtasia thing: I don’t get it...”, in alt.gossip.celebrities, Usenet[6]:
      I’m a huge Clay fan, love Ruben’s voice, and have become quite a fan of Kelly’s, as well. Fantasia just leaves me feeling meh.
    • 2006, ettie...@hotmail.com, “Steve’s impressions on random Genesis games”, in rec.games.video.sega, Usenet[7]:
      I liked it but I wasn’t feeling it for some reason that day, again, I was feeling meh toward video games in general.
Translations

Interjection

meh

  1. (slang) Expressing indifference or lack of enthusiasm.
    “What do you want for dinner?” — “Meh. I’m not really hungry.”
    “That film was awesome!” — “Meh. I’ve seen better.”
    • 1995 March 19, “Lisa’s Wedding”, in The Simpsons:
      Marge: [weaving on a loom] “Hi Bart, I’m weaving on a loom!”
      Bart:Meh”.
    • 2014 September 7, Natalie Angier, “The Moon comes around again [print version: Revisiting a moon that still has secrets to reveal: Supermoon revives interest in its violent origins and hidden face, International New York Times, 10 September 2014, p. 8]”, in The New York Times[8]:
      Scientists say that while the public may think of the moon as a problem solved and a bit retro – the place astronauts visited a half-dozen times way back before Watergate and then abandoned with a giant "meh" from mankind – in fact, lunar studies is a vibrant enterprise that is yielding a wealth of surprises.
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Noun

meh

  1. (informal) A judgement marked by indifference; lack of impression.

References

  1. ^ “A 1928 Yiddish-English-Hebrew Dictionary May Be the First Official Record of “Meh””, in Smithsonian Magazine[1], September 9, 2013

Etymology 2

From Cantonese (me1).

Pronunciation

  • (Singapore) IPA(key): /mɛ(ː)˥/

Particle

meh (Singapore, Malaysia, colloquial)

  1. Final question particle expressing skepticism.
    Really meh?Is that really so?
    New meh?Is it really that new?
    • 2020, Khan, Yasser, Property Agent Secrets: The Underground Playbook For Growing Your Property Agent Business in 2021 & Beyond[9], →ISBN, page 123:
      "Huh? At this hour? Really meh?" He couldn't believe his own ears.
    • 2013 October 7, The Sunday Times, Singapore, page 12:
      “Nice meh?” I would think sourly.
    • 2010 August 22, Fiona Chan, The Sunday Times, Singapore, page 13:
      You got send [e-mail] meh? I never receive leh.

See also

References

  • Lim, L. (November 2007), “Mergers and acquisitions: On the ages and origins of Singapore English particles”, in World Englishes, volume 26, issue 4, ISSN 0883-2919, pages 446-473
  • Leimgruber, J. (October 2015), “Bah in Singapore English”, in World Englishes[10], volume 35, issue 1, DOI:10.1111/weng.12175, ISSN 0883-2919
  • Lim, L. (2004) Singapore English: A grammatical description[11], John Benjamins Publishing, →ISBN, page 121

Anagrams


Albanian

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Proto-Albanian *meuska, from Proto-Indo-European *mewH- (compare Latvian maût (to submerge), Serbo-Croatian mȉti (to wash)).

Verb

meh (first-person singular past tense meha)

  1. I soak

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Kholosi

Etymology

From Sanskrit मेघ (megha, cloud).

Noun

meh ?

  1. rain

References

  • Eric Anonby; Hassan Mohebi Bahmani (2014), “Shipwrecked and Landlocked: Kholosi, an Indo-Aryan Language in South-west Iran”, in Cahier de Studia Iranica xx[12], pages 13-36

Northern Kurdish

Etymology

From Proto-Iranian [Term?] (compare Persian ماه(mah), Ossetian мӕй (mæj), Avestan 𐬨𐬃(mā̊), 𐬨𐬀𐬊𐬢𐬵(maoŋh)), from Proto-Indo-Iranian [Term?] (compare Sanskrit मास (mā́sa)), from Proto-Indo-European *mḗh₁n̥s (moon; month) (compare Albanian muaj, Armenian ամիս (amis), French mois, Tocharian A mañ, English moon).

Pronunciation

Noun

meh f

  1. month

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Pennsylvania German

Etymology

From Old High German mēro, from Proto-Germanic *maizô. Compare German mehr, Dutch meer, English more.

Adjective

meh

  1. more

Adverb

meh

  1. any longer
  2. more
  3. anymore

Serbo-Croatian

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *měxъ.

Pronunciation

Noun

mȇh m (Cyrillic spelling ме̑х)

  1. blower, bellows
  2. goatskin, wineskin

Declension

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Slovene

Pronunciation

Noun

mẹ̑h m inan

  1. bellows

Inflection

Masculine inan., hard o-stem, plural in -ôv-
nom. sing. méh
gen. sing. méha
singular dual plural
nominative méh mehôva mehôvi
accusative méh mehôva mehôve
genitive méha mehôv mehôv
dative méhu mehôvoma mehôvom
locative méhu mehôvih mehôvih
instrumental méhom mehôvoma mehôvi

Further reading

  • meh”, in Slovarji Inštituta za slovenski jezik Frana Ramovša ZRC SAZU, portal Fran

South Slavey

Pronunciation

Noun

meh

  1. Fort Liard form of mbeh

Declension

References

  • Keren Rice (1989) A Grammar of Slave, Berlin, West Germany: Mouton de Gruyter, →ISBN, page 11

Spanish

Interjection

meh

  1. meh

Zhuang

Etymology

From Proto-Tai *meːᴮ (mother). Cognate with Thai แม่ (mɛ̂ɛ), Northern Thai ᨾᩯ᩵, Lao ແມ່ (), ᦶᦙᧈ (mae1), Shan မႄႈ (māae), Ahom 𑜉𑜦𑜧 (), Bouyei meeh.

Pronunciation

Noun

meh (Sawndip forms 𭑫 or or 𫰤 or 𭒛 or , old orthography meƅ)

  1. mother
    Synonym: daxmeh
  2. woman; female

Classifier

meh (old orthography meƅ)

  1. Used for adult women who have given birth.
  2. Used for female animals that have given birth or laid eggs.

Adjective

meh (old orthography meƅ)

  1. main; principal

Derived terms