- burdened; loaded down.
- to lade.
Origin of laden
- to put (something) on or in, as a burden, load, or cargo; load.
- to load oppressively; burden (used chiefly in the passive): laden with many responsibilities.
- to fill or cover abundantly (used chiefly in the passive): trees laden with fruit; a man laden with honors.
- to lift or throw in or out, as a fluid, with a ladle or other utensil.
- to take on a load.
- to lade a liquid.
Origin of lade
Examples from the Web for laden
Maybe at one point I would have envied these students who grew up in privileged families so often laden with trust funds.Stepford Sororities: The Pressures of USC’s Greek Life
Maya Richard Craven
November 17, 2014
He stuck his index finger in the red welt around the spot where bin Laden shot me.
Bin Laden killed the boy, not us, and I slept and I dreamed.
The Central Intelligence Agency found bin Laden hiding in a “fortified compound” in Abbottabad, Pakistan in late 2010.Hillary Clinton’s New Book Shows Deep Distrust of Pakistan in the Hunt for Bin Laden
June 19, 2014
Those are Western terms, laden with connotations of culture and medicalization.Why Africa’s Turning Anti-Gay
March 31, 2014
They returned home just as it was growing dark, laden with basket and portmanteau.Rico and Wiseli
A little whatnot in one corner was laden with the trophies of battle.The Village Watch-Tower
(AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
The trees were just breaking into leaf, and the air was laden with a subtle odour of spring.
In a few minutes Von Holzen returned, laden with bottles and jars.
He lifted his head and sniffed the flaccid air, which was laden with a heavy odour.Alice Adams
- a past participle of lade 1
- weighed down with a load; loaded
- encumbered; burdened
- to put cargo or freight on board (a ship, etc) or (of a ship, etc) to take on cargo or freight
- (tr; usually passive and foll by with) to burden or oppress
- (tr; usually passive and foll by with) to fill or load
- to remove (liquid) with or as if with a ladle
- Scot a watercourse, esp a millstream
Word Origin and History for laden
"loaded, weighted down," 1590s, from the original past participle of lade.
Old English hladan (past tense hlod, past participle gehladen) "to load, heap" (the general Germanic sense), also "to draw water" (a meaning peculiar to English), from Proto-Germanic *khlad- (cf. Old Norse hlaða, Old Saxon hladan, Middle Dutch and Dutch laden, Old Frisian hlada "to load," Old High German hladen, German laden), from PIE *kla- "to spread out flat" (cf. Lithuanian kloti "to spread," Old Church Slavonic klado "to set, place").