Bean meaning

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Any of various other plants or their seeds or fruits, especially those suggestive of beans such as the coffee bean or vanilla bean.
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Any of several related plants or their seeds or pods, such as the adzuki bean, broad bean, or soybean.
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A person's head.
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To hit (another) on the head with a thrown object, especially a pitched baseball.
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A small amount.

I don't know beans about investing.

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A fellow; a chap.
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Any of various leguminous plants; esp., any of several species of a genus (Phaseolus) of the pea family, including the kidney bean and lima bean.
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The edible, smooth, kidney-shaped seed of any of these plants.
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A pod with such seeds, eaten as a vegetable when still unripe.
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The bean-shaped seed of some other plants.

Coffee bean.

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Any of these other plants.

Castor bean tree.

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The head, brain, or mind.
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Even a small amount.

Not to know beans about something.

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To hit on the head.
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To hit (a batter) on the head with a pitched ball.
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Any plant of several genera of the taxonomic family Fabaceae that produces large edible seeds or edible seed pods.
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The large edible seed of such a plant.
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The edible seed pod of such a plant.
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The bean-like seed of certain other plants, especially coffee; coffee in the general.
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An object resembling a pea or bean in shape, often made from plastic or styrofoam and used in large numbers as packing material or as stuffing for beanbags and similar items.
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(slang) The head or brain.
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(UK, slang, archaic) A guinea coin.
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(UK, slang, usually in the negative) Money.

I haven't got a bean.

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(slang) The clitoris.
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(chiefly baseball) To hit deliberately with a projectile, especially in the head.

The pitcher beaned the batter, rather than letting him hit another home run.

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A surname​.
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full of beans
  • Energetic; frisky:.
    The children were too full of beans to sit still.
  • Badly mistaken:.
    Don't believe him; he's full of beans.
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spill the beans
  • To disclose a secret.
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full of beans
  • Full of energy and vitality; lively.
  • Mistaken; in error.
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spill the beans
  • To divulge secret information.
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Origin of bean

  • Middle English ben broad bean from Old English bēan bha-bhā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English bene, from Old English bēan (“bean, pea, legume”), from Proto-Germanic *baunō (“bean”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰabʰ- (“bean”). Cognate with Scots bene, bein (“bean”), West Frisian bean (“bean”), Dutch boon (“bean”), German Bohne (“bean”), Danish bønne (“bean”), Icelandic baun (“bean”), Latin faba (“bean”), Russian боб (bob, “bean”).

    From Wiktionary