lean

2
[ leen ]
/ lin /

adjective, lean·er, lean·est.

noun

Origin of lean

2
before 1000; Middle English lene, Old English hlǣne

SYNONYMS FOR lean

1 skinny, lank, lanky. See thin.
3 sparse, barren, unfruitful, jejune.

ANTONYMS FOR lean

1, 2 fat.

OTHER WORDS FROM lean

lean·ly, adverblean·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for leanly (1 of 3)

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 leanly (2 of 3)

lean1
/ (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 leanly (3 of 3)

lean2
/ (liːn) /

adjective

noun

the part of meat that contains little or no fat

Derived forms of lean

leanly, adverbleanness, noun

Word Origin for lean

Old English hlǣne, of Germanic origin
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