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Idioms about lean

    lean over backward(s). bend1 (def. 21).

Origin of lean

1
First recorded before 900; Middle English lenen, Old English hleonian, hlinian; cognate with German lehnen; akin to Greek klī́nein, Latin -clīnāre “to incline

Other definitions for lean (2 of 3)

lean2
[ leen ]
/ lin /

adjective, lean·er, lean·est.
noun

Origin of lean

2
First recorded before 1000; Middle English lene, lein(e), Old English hlǣne

synonym study for lean

1. See thin.

OTHER WORDS FROM lean

leanly, adverbleanness, noun

Other definitions for lean (3 of 3)

Lean
[ leen ]
/ lin /

noun
David, 1908–91, British film director.
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How to use lean in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for lean (1 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 lean (2 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

British Dictionary definitions for lean (3 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)
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