adjective, lean·er, lean·est.
Words nearby lean
Origin of lean2
SYNONYMS FOR lean
OTHER WORDS FROM leanlean·ly, adverblean·ness, noun
Examples from the Web for leanness
The marquis, with his leanness and small crafty-looking head, reminded him exactly of a long green grasshopper.The Fortune of the Rougons|Emile Zola
He then abused me for my leanness, and admired the Taleb (Overweg), because he had more flesh on his bones.
The old age of Pantaloon is marked by his leanness, and his spectacles and his slippers.A History of Pantomime|R. J. Broadbent
His leanness was the leanness of muscular strength and condition, his face was full of vigour and determination.The Evil Shepherd|E. Phillips Oppenheim
At the same time, he felt dull and deserted; he knew what it was to have his desire, and leanness in his soul.Frances Kane's Fortune|L. T. Meade