Skip to definition.
Get the FREE one-click dictionary software for Windows or the iPhone/iPad and Android apps

Verb: lean (leant, also leaned)  leen
  1. To incline or bend from a vertical position
    - tilt, tip, slant, angle
  2. Cause to incline or bend
  3. Have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined
    - tend, be given, incline, run
  4. Rely on for support
    "We can lean on this man"
  5. Cause to lean to the side
    "Erosion leant the old tree";
    - list
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"
Noun: lean  leen
  1. The property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical
    "the tower had a pronounced lean";
    - tilt, list, inclination, leaning

Sounds like: leal, Lilean

Derived forms: leaner, leanest, leaning, leans, leaned, leant

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, scraggly, scraggy, scrawny, shriveled [US], shrivelled [Brit, Cdn], shrunken, skeletal, skinny, slender, slender-waisted, slight, slim, slim thick, slim-waisted, spare, spindle-legged, spindle-shanked, spindly, stringy, sunken-eyed, svelte, sylphic, sylphlike, thin, trim, turn over, twiggy, twiglike, underweight, unprofitable, upset, wasp-waisted, wasted, weedy, wiry, wisplike, wispy, withered, wizen, wizened

Type of: be, bend, flex, lay, move, place, pose, position, put, set, spatial relation, trust

Antonym: fat, rich

Encyclopedia: Lean, Jonathan