leaden

[ led-n ]
/ ˈlɛd n /

adjective

verb (used with object)

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

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Origin of leaden

before 1000; Middle English leden, Old English lēaden. See lead2, -en2

OTHER WORDS FROM leaden

lead·en·ly, adverblead·en·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for leaden

leaden
/ (ˈlɛdən) /

adjective

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 forms of leaden

leadenly, adverbleadenness, noun
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