- a person's head.
- a coin or a bank note considered as a coin: I can't pay for the ticket, I don't have a bean in my jeans.
verb (used with object)
Words nearby bean
Idioms for bean
- energetic; vigorously active; vital: He is still full of beans at 95.
- stupid; erroneous; misinformed.
Origin of bean
OTHER WORDS FROM beanbean·like, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for spill the beans
- full of energy and vitality
- US mistaken; erroneous
Word Origin for bean
Idioms and Phrases with spill the beans (1 of 2)
Disclose a secret or reveal something prematurely, as in You can count on little Carol to spill the beans about the surprise. In this colloquial expression, first recorded in 1919, spill means “divulge,” a usage dating from the 1500s.
Idioms and Phrases with spill the beans (2 of 2)
see full of beans; not have a bean; not know beans; not worth a dime (bean); spill the beans; tough break (beans).