- 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 beans
While the beans are cooling and drying, melt the butter in a saute pan over medium heat.
Combine the beans and onion sauce in a 9x9-inch casserole dish and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
Drain immediately and immerse the beans in ice water to stop the cooking.
De Merode sits at a long table and digs into a plate piled with rice, beans, and avocado.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo|Nina Strochlic|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Immigrants and fears about disease go together like beans and rice.
Cook beans till well done, strain off the water, and set aside to cool.The Vegetarian Cook Book|E. G. Fulton
Did you ever eat pork and beans heated in a frying-pan on a camp-fire for breakfast?Letters of a Woman Homesteader|Elinore Pruitt Stewart
The weakly, and such as are inclined to scour, must be kept on dry fodder, and have peas and beans given them to strengthen them.
They had Indian corn, beans and pumpkins in equal abundance.The Country of the Neutrals|James H. Coyne
I said I could not tell her that, but I would take pork and beans.Mr. Dide, His Vacation in Colorado|Lewis B. France
- 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).