- The definition of lean is with little fat.
An example of lean is a piece of fish.
- Lean is defined as to incline, bend or rest on.
An example of lean is for an injured athlete to rest on his teammates as he hobbles to the sidelines.
Two men leaning against each other.
lean definition by Webster's New World
- to bend or deviate from an upright position; stand at a slant; incline
- to bend or incline the body so as to rest part of one's weight upon or against something: he leaned on the desk
- to depend for encouragement, aid, etc.; rely (on or upon)
- to have a particular mental inclination; tend (toward or to a certain opinion, attitude, etc.)
Origin: Middle English lenen ; from Old English hlinian, to lean, hlænan, to cause to lean, akin to German lehnen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form lei-, to incline, lean from source Classical Greek klinein, Classical Latin clinare
- leaner noun
- with little flesh or fat; thin; spare
- containing little or no fat: said of meat
- lacking in richness, profit, productivity, etc.; meager
- deficient in some quality or substance: a lean mixture in the carburetor
- characterized by brevity, incisiveness, directness, etc.: a lean writing style
- characterized by economy, efficiency, automation rather than human labor, etc.: a leaner, more competitive company
Origin: Middle English lene ; from Old English hlæne, probably akin to lean, in sense “leaning, drooping,” hence “thin, slender”
lean definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb leaned leaned, lean·ing, leans verb, intransitive
- To bend or slant away from the vertical.
- To incline the weight of the body so as to be supported: leaning against the railing. See Synonyms at slant.
- To rely for assistance or support: Lean on me for help.
- To have a tendency or preference: a government that leans toward fascism.
- Informal To exert pressure: The boss is leaning on us to meet the deadline.
- To set or place so as to be resting or supported.
- To cause to incline.
Origin: Middle English lenen, from Old English hleonian; see klei- in Indo-European roots.
adjective lean·er, lean·est
- Not fleshy or fat; thin.
- Containing little or no fat.
- a. Not productive or prosperous; meager: lean years.b. Containing little excess or waste; spare: a lean budget.c. Thrifty in management; economical: “Company leaders know their industries must be lean to survive” (Christian Science Monitor).
- Metallurgy Low in mineral contents: lean ore.Chemistry Lacking in combustible material: lean fuel.
Origin: Middle English lene, from Old English hlǣne.
- leanˈly adverb
- leanˈness noun
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lean - Phrases/Idioms