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verb (used with object)

Slang. to hit on the head, especially with a baseball.


beans, (used to express disbelief, annoyance, etc.).

Nearby words

  1. beaming,
  2. beamingly,
  3. beamish,
  4. beamon,
  5. beamy,
  6. bean aphid,
  7. bean bag,
  8. bean ball,
  9. bean beetle,
  10. bean caper


    full of beans, Informal.
    1. energetic; vigorously active; vital: He is still full of beans at 95.
    2. stupid; erroneous; misinformed.
    spill the beans, Informal. to disclose a secret, either accidentally or imprudently, thereby ruining a surprise or plan: He spilled the beans, and she knew all about the party in advance.

Origin of bean

before 950; Middle English bene, Old English bēan; cognate with Old Norse baun, Old Frisian bāne, Dutch boon, Old Saxon, Old High German bona (German Bohne), probably < Germanic *babnō, cognate with Russian bob, Latin faba < European Indo-European *bhabh-

Related formsbean·like, adjective

Can be confusedbean been Ben bin


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Alan L(aVern),born 1932, U.S. astronaut.
RoyJudge, 1825?–1903, U.S. frontiersman and justice of the peace: called himself “the law west of the Pecos.” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bean


/ (biːn) /



mainly US and Canadian slang (tr) to hit (a person) on the head

Word Origin for bean

Old English bēan; related to Old Norse baun, Old Frisian bāne, Old High German bōna bean

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Word Origin and History for bean


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Idioms and Phrases with bean


see full of beans; not have a bean; not know beans; not worth a dime (bean); spill the beans; tough break (beans).

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