- 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)
- energetic; vigorously active; vital: He is still full of beans at 95.
- stupid; erroneous; misinformed.
Origin of bean
Examples from the Web for beaned
The next time they met, in 1976, Ellis beaned him in the face.‘No No,’ a Documentary on MLB Pitcher Dock Ellis, Who Pitched a No-Hitter While Tripping on Acid|Marlow Stern|February 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I seen the whole thing myself—it was right after that that I got beaned.From Place to Place|Irvin S. Cobb
Then the Martian picked up a rock and beaned the lad from the Windy City.Mars Confidential|Jack Lait
On a bet, that's the lad who wore the chauffeur's cap and beaned the night watchman.
I reckon that feller must have beaned me with the butt of his revolver just as soon as I'd turned my back.
He also recognized the one he had beaned with the kitten in the pyramid.The Egyptian Cat Mystery|Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for beaned
- full of energy and vitality
- US mistaken; erroneous
Word Origin for bean
Word Origin and History for beaned
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."
Idioms and Phrases with beaned
see full of beans; not have a bean; not know beans; not worth a dime (bean); spill the beans; tough break (beans).