a tall pole for a bean plant to climb on.
Informal. a tall, lanky person.

Origin of beanpole

First recorded in 1790–1800; bean + pole1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for beanpole

Contemporary Examples of beanpole

Historical Examples of beanpole

  • She had a black smudge from the end of the beanpole, which had been in a bonfire, across her forehead.

    W. A. G.'s Tale

    Margaret Turnbull

  • The face I finally saw at the top of that beanpole figure was as long as the moral law.

    Swept Out to Sea

    W. Bertram Foster

  • However, there their nest was, not the length of a beanpole from those of two pairs of Sparrows.

    Dooryard Stories

    Clara Dillingham Pierson

  • A great big thin fellow, as tall as a beanpole, with enormous yellow tusks, which he gnashed like a boar.

    Men in War

    Andreas Latzko

  • Is not that his high-stepping mare and his beanpole of a figure riding beside Benito in yon cloud of dust?

    Port O' Gold

    Louis John Stellman

British Dictionary definitions for beanpole



a tall stick or pole used to support bean plants
slang a tall thin person
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