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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for beans

British Dictionary definitions for beans



any of various leguminous plants of the widely cultivated genus Phaseolus producing edible seeds in podsSee French bean, lima bean, scarlet runner, string bean
any of several other leguminous plants that bear edible pods or seeds, such as the broad bean and soya bean
any of various other plants whose seeds are produced in pods or podlike fruits
the seed or pod of any of these plants
any of various beanlike seeds, such as coffee
US and Canadian slang another word for head
cool beans slang excellent; impressive
not have a bean slang to be without moneyI haven't got a bean
full of beans informal
  1. full of energy and vitality
  2. USmistaken; erroneous
spill the beans informal to disclose something confidential


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 beans


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Idioms and Phrases with beans


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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