[ led-n ]
/ ˈlɛd n /
inertly heavy like lead; hard to lift or move: a leaden weight; leaden feet.
dull, spiritless, or gloomy, as in mood or thought: leaden prose; a leaden atmosphere.
of a dull gray color: leaden skies.
oppressive; heavy: a leaden silence.
sluggish; listless: They moved at a leaden pace.
of poor quality or little value.
made or consisting of lead.
verb (used with object)
to make leaden, sluggish, dull, etc.: Fatigue had leadened his brain and step.
Related formslead·en·ly, adverblead·en·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for leadened
/ (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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