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[been-pohl] /ˈbinˌpoʊl/
a tall pole for a bean plant to climb on.
Informal. a tall, lanky person.
Origin of beanpole
First recorded in 1790-1800; bean + pole1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Our beanpole friend is suggesting that we get out of the shell and stay awhile," said Dex with grim humor.

  • However, there their nest was, not the length of a beanpole from those of two pairs of Sparrows.

    Dooryard Stories Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • Is not that his high-stepping mare and his beanpole of a figure riding beside Benito in yon cloud of dust?

    Port O' Gold Louis John Stellman
  • A great big thin fellow, as tall as a beanpole, with enormous yellow tusks, which he gnashed like a boar.

    Men in War Andreas Latzko
  • The face I finally saw at the top of that beanpole figure was as long as the moral law.

    Swept Out to Sea W. Bertram Foster
  • The beanpole mast had broken off close to where it was stuck in a crack in the barn door, and the sail had fallen on Sue.

  • She had a black smudge from the end of the beanpole, which had been in a bonfire, across her forehead.

    W. A. G.'s Tale Margaret Turnbull
British Dictionary definitions for beanpole


a tall stick or pole used to support bean plants
(slang) a tall thin person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for beanpole



A tall, thin person; hatrack: She was tall, but no beanpole (1830s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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