bean

[ been ]
/ bin /

noun

verb (used with object)

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

interjection

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

Idioms

    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 forms

bean·like, adjective

Can be confused

bean been Ben bin

Definition for bean (2 of 2)

Bean

[ been ]
/ bin /

noun

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.”

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British Dictionary definitions for bean

bean

/ (biːn) /

noun


verb

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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Idioms and Phrases with bean

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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