menial menial  /ˈmi ni əl/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a domestic servant
  2. (adj) used of unskilled work (especially domestic work)

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. To call sewing menial today, because it can be done by machines, is like calling calculation menial, because it can be done by calculators.
  2. In aftermath of the earthquake, thousands of children were forced to do menial work in makeshift camps because most of the schools were razed to the ground.
  3. John, the famous businessman, said in an interview that he started out in a menial job.

News

  1. Hondo flying with the Birds

    Hondo breezed last night with the Blue Jays, who, as expected by HondoNation, roughed up the Rangers to lower the accounts payable to 225 cuellars. Today, Mr. Aitch will give the Orioles the menial task of beating Lackey – 10 units on Garcia.-$Chris Christie gave a speech yesterday at...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: New York Post

  2. For one obscure U.S. Open threesome, the game's not about the gallery

    ARDMORE – It's been said that Merion Golf Club smells like old money. The massive stone homes. The freshly-painted trim work and immaculate grounds. It looks very much like what it is, a place where menial tasks are performed...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Patriot-News

  3. Federal Judge Says Interns Should Be Paid

    An anonymous reader writes "Student interns are typically relegated to menial tasks like fetching coffee and taking out the trash, the idea being that they get paid in experience instead of money. On Tuesday, Manhattan Federal District Court Judge William H. Pauley disagreed, ruling in favor of two interns who sued Fox Searchlight Pictures to be paid for their work on the 2010 film Black Swan ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Slashdot

Quotes

  1. The title character is Robert Fishman, aka Fish, who is a former heavy-metal drummer "working menial jobs and having nowhere relationships," Wilson says. "He got kicked out of his band Vesuvius right before they became as big as Def Leppard...
    on Aug 18, 2007 By: Rainn Wilson Source: The News Journal

  2. "That is the piece we're looking at next," Hawley said. "How can we do this process better _ less menial labor, if you will, on the inside of the checkpoint. Get rid of that work. ...... And then use the dollars we use to pay for those people...
    on Mar 14, 2008 By: Kip Hawley Source: RedOrbit

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