Miller was tall, lean with the leanness of muscles unhampered by useless flesh, and lithe.
"I was thinking less of their leanness than of their smell," I returned.
But the leanness of these first years is more apparent than real.
What shall be said of thickness and thinness, of fatness and leanness?
What had been leanness in her youth had become transparency in her maturity; and this diaphaneity allowed the angel to be seen.
She that is only half alive through her leanness, let her be grace ful.
He is a bulging person, so stuffed, even in his dress, with the ideas of others that his own leanness is concealed.
Here is one, also, as it happens, respecting fat and leanness.
His hair was cropped close like a convict's, which accentuated the leanness of his face and the taut, rigid lines about his mouth.
Desire and the fulfilment of desire were there, and into the soul had the leanness of it entered.
c.1200, from Old English hleonian "to bend, recline, lie down, rest," from Proto-Germanic *khlinen (cf. Old Saxon hlinon, Old Frisian lena, Middle Dutch lenen, Dutch leunen, Old High German hlinen, German lehnen "to lean"), from PIE root *klei- "to lean, to incline" (cf. Sanskrit srayati "leans," sritah "leaning;" Old Persian cay "to lean;" Lithuanian slyti "to slope," slieti "to lean;" Latin clinare "to lean, bend," clivus "declivity," inclinare "cause to bend," declinare "bend down, turn aside;" Greek klinein "to cause to slope, slant, incline;" Old Irish cloin "crooked, wrong;" Middle Irish cle, Welsh cledd "left," literally "slanting;" Welsh go-gledd "north," literally "left" -- for similar sense evolution, see Yemen, Benjamin, southpaw).
Meaning "to incline the body against something for support" is mid-13c. Figurative sense of "to trust for support" is from early 13c. Sense of "to lean toward mentally, to favor" is from late 14c. Related: Leaned; leaning. Colloquial lean on "put pressure on" (someone) is first recorded 1960.
"thin, spare, with little flesh or fat," c.1200, from Old English hlæne "lean, thin," possibly from hlænan "cause to lean or bend," from Proto-Germanic *khlainijan, which would connect it to Old English hleonian (see lean (v.)). But perhaps rather, according to OED, from a PIE *qloinio- (cf. Lithuanian klynas "scrap, fragment," Lettish kleins "feeble"). Extended and figurative senses from early 14c. The noun meaning "lean animals or persons" is from c.1200, from the adjective.
"action or state of leaning," 1776, from lean (v.).