- The definition of glean is to obtain information or to collect grain left behind after harvesting.
- An example of glean is when you ask questions to try to find out information.
- An example of glean is when you collect the grain remaining in the field after the reapers have finished harvesting the field.
- to collect (grain, etc. left by reapers)
- to collect the remaining grain, etc. from (a reaped field)
- to collect or find out (facts, etc.) gradually or bit by bit
- to examine or go through (books, etc.) so as to collect certain information
Origin: Middle English glenen from Old French glener from Vulgar Latin glennare from Celt, as inch(es) Old Irish dīgleinn, he gleans from Indo-European an unverified form ĝhlend- from base an unverified form ĝhel-: see gleam
- gleaner noun
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verb gleaned, glean·ing, gleans verb, intransitive
- To gather (grain) left behind by reapers.
- To collect bit by bit: “records from which historians glean their knowledge” (Kemp Malone). See Synonyms at reap.
Origin: Middle English glenen, from Old French glener, from Late Latin glennāre, probably of Celtic origin.
- gleanˈer noun