What does the word menial mean?

    Part of speech: adjective

  • Pertaining to servants; servile.

Usage examples for menial

  1. There is no menial work in the daily living rightly carried out; that which the last century wrongly permitted is made needless by the machinery of to- day. – The Cost of Shelter by Ellen H. Richards
  2. If the servants they had were like Southern slaves, would they have performed such comparatively menial offices for themselves? – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  3. Accumulation of produce, if properly selected, may always be accumulation of capital, and it cannot fail to be worth more than it cost, estimated in corn or labour,- and this I think would be true although all our soldiers, sailors, and menial servants were employed in productive labour. – Letters of David Ricardo to Thomas Robert Malthus, 1810-1823 by David Ricardo