leaning

[ lee-ning ]
/ ˈli nɪŋ /

noun

inclination; tendency: strong literary leanings.

Origin of leaning

before 1000; Middle English leninge, Old English hlining. See lean1, -ing1

Definition for leaning (2 of 2)

Origin of lean

1
before 900; Middle English lenen, Old English hleonian, hlinian; cognate with G. lehnen; akin to Latin clīnāre to incline, Greek klī́nein
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British Dictionary definitions for leaning (1 of 4)

leaning

/ (ˈliːnɪŋ) /

noun

a tendency or inclination

British Dictionary definitions for leaning (2 of 4)

Lean

/ (liːn) /

noun

Sir David. 1908–91, English film director. His films include In Which We Serve (1942), Blithe Spirit (1945), Brief Encounter (1946), Great Expectations (1946), Oliver Twist (1948), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Dr Zhivago (1965), and A Passage to India (1984)

British Dictionary definitions for leaning (3 of 4)

lean

1
/ (liːn) /

verb leans, leaning, leaned or leant

(foll by against, on, or upon) to rest or cause to rest against a support
to incline or cause to incline from a vertical position
(intr; foll by to or towards) to have or express a tendency or leaning
lean over backwards informal to make a special effort, esp in order to please

noun

the condition of inclining from a vertical position
See also lean on

Word Origin for lean

Old English hleonian, hlinian; related to Old High German hlinēn, Latin clīnāre to incline

British Dictionary definitions for leaning (4 of 4)

lean

2
/ (liːn) /

adjective

noun

the part of meat that contains little or no fat

Derived Forms

leanly, adverbleanness, noun

Word Origin for lean

Old English hlǣne, of Germanic origin
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