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Noun: leaner  lee-nu(r)
  1. (horseshoes) the throw of a horseshoe so as to lean against (but not encircle) the stake
Adjective: lean (leaner,leanest)  leen
  1. Lacking excess flesh
    "Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look";
    - thin, meager [N. Amer], meagre [Brit, Cdn]
     
  2. Lacking in mineral content or combustible material
    "lean ore"; "lean fuel"
     
  3. Containing little excess
    "a lean budget";
    - skimpy
     
  4. Not profitable or prosperous
    "a lean year"

Derived forms: leaners

See also: anorectic, anorexic, body weight, boney, bony, cadaverous, deep-eyed, deficient, ectomorphic, emaciated, gangling, gangly, gaunt, haggard, hollow-eyed, insufficient, lank, lanky, pinched, rawboned, reedlike, reedy, scarecrowish, scraggy, scrawny, shriveled [US], shrivelled [Brit, Cdn], shrunken, skeletal, skinny, slender, slender-waisted, slight, slim, slim-waisted, spare, spindle-legged, spindle-shanked, spindly, stringy, sunken-eyed, svelte, thin, trim, twiggy, twiglike, underweight, unprofitable, wasp-waisted, wasted, weedy, wiry, wisplike, wispy, withered, wizen, wizened

Type of: throw

Antonym: rich

Encyclopedia: Lean, Sir David