From Middle English meek, meke, meoc, a borrowing from Old Norse mjúkr, from Proto-Germanic *meukaz, *mūkaz, from Proto-Indo-European *mewg-, *mewk-.
Cognate with Swedish and Norwegian Nynorsk mjuk, Norwegian Bokmål myk, and Danish myg, Dutch muik, dialectal German mauch, Mauche. Compare also Old English smūgan, Welsh mwyth, Latin ēmungō, Tocharian A muk-, Lithuanian mùkti, Old Church Slavonic мъчати, Ancient Greek μύσσομαι, Sanskrit मुञ्चति.
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