[ led-n ]
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  1. inertly heavy like lead; hard to lift or move: a leaden weight; leaden feet.

  2. dull, spiritless, or gloomy, as in mood or thought: leaden prose; a leaden atmosphere.

  1. of a dull gray color: leaden skies.

  2. oppressive; heavy: a leaden silence.

  3. sluggish; listless: They moved at a leaden pace.

  4. of poor quality or little value.

  5. made or consisting of lead.

verb (used with object)
  1. 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

Other words from leaden

  • lead·en·ly, adverb
  • lead·en·ness, noun

Words Nearby leaden

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British Dictionary definitions for leaden


/ (ˈlɛdən) /

  1. heavy and inert

  2. laboured or sluggish: leaden steps

  1. gloomy, spiritless, or lifeless

  2. made partly or wholly of lead

  3. of a dull greyish colour: a leaden sky

Derived forms of leaden

  • leadenly, adverb
  • leadenness, noun

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