Origin of leaning
Synonyms for leaning
verb (used without object), leaned or (especially British) leant; lean·ing.
verb (used with object), leaned or (especially British) leant; lean·ing.
- to shift one's body weight forward or toward someone or something: He stood near home plate and leaned in for the pitch.
- to embrace risk, be assertive, etc., as to achieve the greatest level of success in the workplace: She really knows how to lean in—she'll have a corner office before long.
- to exert influence or pressure on in order to gain cooperation, maintain discipline, or the like: The state is leaning on the company to clean up its industrial wastes.
- to criticize, reprimand, or punish: I would have enjoyed school more if the teachers hadn't leaned on me so much.
Origin of lean1
Related Words for leaningpredilection, propensity, sentiment, inclination, penchant, favoritism, proclivity, predisposition, thing, taste, weakness, aptitude, drift, partiality, favor, disposition, liking, mindset, bent
Examples from the Web for leaning
Contemporary Examples of leaning
Fortunately, another group is leaning in: Turkish women business leaders.The Women Battling an Islamist Strongman
December 22, 2014
Biden remembered the boy was in a physically vulnerable position: “leaning down on one of those slanted counters.”Joe Biden: ‘I’ll Kill Your Son’
December 12, 2014
Outside observers like Cook Political Report view the district as “leaning Democrat.”The GOP’s Great Gay Hope Hits Trouble
October 30, 2014
Viewed in profile, they are upside-down mid-section silhouettes of Pippa Middleton leaning over to check your oil.Up to a Point: A 'Space Corvette' in Every Garage
P. J. O’Rourke
September 6, 2014
There has been a lot of talk about leaning forward and backward.Whither the Women’s Movement?
July 19, 2014
Historical Examples of leaning
“Thou hast been in trouble,” she said, leaning on the baluster above him.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Presently she raised her eyes and saw him leaning out of the window.Viviette
William J. Locke
He went on; he stood in the doorway, leaning with one arm against it.Way of the Lawless
And leaning upon my Hannah's arm, withdrew to my own apartment.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
He was leaning forward in his eagerness; he looked so zealous to be my champion—so honest!The Bacillus of Beauty
verb leans, leaning, leaned or leant
Word Origin for lean
Word Origin for lean
"action or state of leaning," 1776, from lean (v.).
c.1200, from Old English hleonian "to bend, recline, lie down, rest," from Proto-Germanic *khlinen (cf. Old Saxon hlinon, Old Frisian lena, Middle Dutch lenen, Dutch leunen, Old High German hlinen, German lehnen "to lean"), from PIE root *klei- "to lean, to incline" (cf. Sanskrit srayati "leans," sritah "leaning;" Old Persian cay "to lean;" Lithuanian slyti "to slope," slieti "to lean;" Latin clinare "to lean, bend," clivus "declivity," inclinare "cause to bend," declinare "bend down, turn aside;" Greek klinein "to cause to slope, slant, incline;" Old Irish cloin "crooked, wrong;" Middle Irish cle, Welsh cledd "left," literally "slanting;" Welsh go-gledd "north," literally "left" -- for similar sense evolution, see Yemen, Benjamin, southpaw).
Meaning "to incline the body against something for support" is mid-13c. Figurative sense of "to trust for support" is from early 13c. Sense of "to lean toward mentally, to favor" is from late 14c. Related: Leaned; leaning. Colloquial lean on "put pressure on" (someone) is first recorded 1960.
"thin, spare, with little flesh or fat," c.1200, from Old English hlæne "lean, thin," possibly from hlænan "cause to lean or bend," from Proto-Germanic *khlainijan, which would connect it to Old English hleonian (see lean (v.)). But perhaps rather, according to OED, from a PIE *qloinio- (cf. Lithuanian klynas "scrap, fragment," Lettish kleins "feeble"). Extended and figurative senses from early 14c. The noun meaning "lean animals or persons" is from c.1200, from the adjective.