having a thin, narrow face.

Origin of lean-faced

First recorded in 1580–90
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Examples from the Web for lean-faced

Historical Examples of lean-faced

  • Yrtok, a dark, lean-faced girl, led the way with a quiet monosyllable.

    The Talkative Tree

    Horace Brown Fyfe

  • Generally they are lean-faced, sallow, level-browed, with rather high cheek-bones.

  • They brought one Pinch, a hungry, lean-faced villain, A mere anatomy.

  • For one, she immediately pitched upon a lean-faced wretch in front of her.

  • The day nurse was a tall, lean-faced professional who had learned to meet miracles and failures with equal lack of expression.

    Operation Haystack

    Frank Patrick Herbert