- 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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- 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 leadened
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