[ led-n ]
/ ˈlɛd n /


verb (used with object)

to make leaden, sluggish, dull, etc.: Fatigue had leadened his brain and step.

Origin of leaden

before 1000; Middle English leden, Old English lēaden. See lead2, -en2
Related formslead·en·ly, adverblead·en·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for leaden


/ (ˈlɛdən) /


heavy and inert
laboured or sluggishleaden steps
gloomy, spiritless, or lifeless
made partly or wholly of lead
of a dull greyish coloura leaden sky
Derived Formsleadenly, adverbleadenness, noun
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Word Origin and History for leaden



"made of lead," Old English leaden, from lead (n.1) + -en (2). The figurative sense of "heavy, oppressive, dull" is attested by 1570s. Related: Leadenly; leadenness.

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