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lean-to

[leen-too]
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noun, plural lean-tos.
  1. a shack or shed supported at one side by trees or posts and having an inclined roof.
  2. a roof of a single pitch with the higher end abutting a wall or larger building.
  3. a structure with such a roof.
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Origin of lean-to

1425–75; late Middle English; noun use of verb phrase lean to
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Related Words

hutshackshantypenthouseadditionshed

Examples from the Web for lean-to

Historical Examples

  • I guess I'll take my bed up there; that lean-to is awful hot.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • Arizona galloped her up to the house and rounded the lean-to in which Joe slept.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • And while these things were going on Arizona and Joe shared the hospitality of the lean-to.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • With this object in view she went down-stairs and visited the lean-to.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Billy kept to his lean-to, when away from the government house.

    Janet of the Dunes

    Harriet T. Comstock


British Dictionary definitions for lean-to

lean-to

noun plural -tos
  1. a roof that has a single slope with its upper edge adjoining a wall or building
  2. a shed or outbuilding with such a roof
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Word Origin and History for lean-to

n.

"building whose rafters pitch against another building or wall," mid-15c., from lean (v.) + to.

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