- inertly heavy like lead; hard to lift or move: a leaden weight; leaden feet.
- dull, spiritless, or gloomy, as in mood or thought: leaden prose; a leaden atmosphere.
- of a dull gray color: leaden skies.
- oppressive; heavy: a leaden silence.
- sluggish; listless: They moved at a leaden pace.
- of poor quality or little value.
- made or consisting of lead.
- to make leaden, sluggish, dull, etc.: Fatigue had leadened his brain and step.
Origin of leaden
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As they approached it, the dull hue that lay upon it resembled that of the leaden sky.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Now the minutes dragged with leaden feet until Dick should come.Viviette
William J. Locke
The sky was dull and leaden, and cindery flakes of snow were thinly falling.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
In the meantime the sun had retired behind thick, leaden clouds.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
God's wrath comes with leaden feet, but it strikes with iron hands.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
- heavy and inert
- laboured or sluggishleaden steps
- gloomy, spiritless, or lifeless
- made partly or wholly of lead
- of a dull greyish coloura leaden sky
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Word Origin and History for leaden
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