- a person's head.
- a coin or a bank note considered as a coin: I can't pay for the ticket, I don't have a bean in my jeans.
verb (used with object)
- bean aphid,
- bean bag,
- bean ball,
- bean beetle,
- bean caper
- energetic; vigorously active; vital: He is still full of beans at 95.
- stupid; erroneous; misinformed.
Origin of bean
Examples from the Web for bean
This has occurred with bean bag chairs, children's sweaters, and the Coco The Monkey Teething Toy.9-Year Old With an Uzi? America Is Tougher on Toys Than Guns|Cliff Schecter|August 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bean is to dying onscreen what Kevin Bacon is to being connected with every other actor.
Spending time with Bean is somewhat disconcerting after seeing him play so many somber, doomed roles.
Bean powders may be tossed into the mix to increase the fiber and protein count even more.
I was offered my first book contract, for The Bean Trees, the day I came home from the hospital with my first child.
"I'd get thrown out on my bean if I ever stuck my nose in the kitchen door," Murk said.The Brand of Silence|Harrington Strong
Coffee loses weight during the roasting process, the loss varying according to the degree of roasting and the nature of the bean.All About Coffee|William H. Ukers
How very odd that pollen of one form should affect the outer coats and size of the bean produced by pure species!More Letters of Charles Darwin|Charles Darwin
The Cowardly Lion said nothing, but heaved a mighty sigh which no one heard, for they were all running toward the bean pole.The Royal Book of Oz|L. Frank Baum
That is the kind of bean to choose for the little man's head.Mother Nature's Toy-Shop|Lina Beard
- full of energy and vitality
- USmistaken; erroneous
Word Origin for bean
Old English bean "bean, pea, legume," from Proto-Germanic *bauno (cf. Old Norse baun, Middle Dutch bone, Dutch boon, Old High German bona, German Bohne), perhaps from a PIE reduplicated base *bha-bha- and related to Latin faba "bean."
As a metaphor for "something of small value" it is attested from c.1300. Meaning "head" is U.S. baseball slang c.1905 (in bean-ball "a pitch thrown at the head"); thus slang verb bean meaning "to hit on the head," attested from 1910.
The notion of lucky or magic beans in English folklore is from the exotic beans or large seeds that wash up occasionally in Cornwall and western Scotland, carried from the Caribbean or South America by the Gulf Stream. They were cherished, believed to ward off the evil eye and aid in childbirth.
Slang bean-counter "accountant" recorded by 1971. To not know beans (American English, 1933) is perhaps from the "of little worth" sense, but may have a connection to colloquial expression recorded around Somerset, to know how many beans make five "be a clever fellow."
see full of beans; not have a bean; not know beans; not worth a dime (bean); spill the beans; tough break (beans).