- to gather slowly and laboriously, bit by bit.
- to gather (grain or the like) after the reapers or regular gatherers.
- to learn, discover, or find out, usually little by little or slowly.
- to collect or gather anything little by little or slowly.
- to gather what is left by reapers.
Origin of glean
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Examples from the Web for gleaner
Even after being diagnosed with tennis elbow, she continued working as a gleaner at a garlic farm.Rush Limbaugh Wrongly Attacks Tracie McMillan as ‘Over-Educated’ ‘Authorette’
March 15, 2012
We will here give a copy of what happened in 1732, and which we inserted in the Gleaner (Glaneur), No.The Phantom World
It is the last 'scoop' that I have to offer to the Gleaner, but it is the biggest of all!
Sheard, of the Gleaner, pressed forward and grasped both his hands.
The Gleaner assured its many readers that such was indeed the case.
If he could once introduce his gleaner in Venice, he should be a made man.Ragged Lady, Complete
William Dean Howells
- to gather (something) slowly and carefully in small piecesto glean information from the newspapers
- to gather (the useful remnants of a crop) from the field after harvesting
Word Origin and History for gleaner
mid-15c., agent noun from glean (v.).
early 14c., from Old French glener (Modern French glaner) "to glean," from Late Latin glennare "make a collection," perhaps from Gaulish (cf. Old Irish do-glinn "he collects, gathers," Celt. glan "clean, pure"). Figurative sense was earlier in English than the literal one of "gather grain left by the reapers" (late 14c.). Related: Gleaned; gleaning.