Lean, v. t. [From Lean,
v. i.; AS. hlǣnan, v. t., fr.
hleonian, hlinian, v. i.] To
cause to lean; to incline; to support or rest. Mrs.
His fainting limbs against an oak he
Lean (lēn), a.
[Compar. Leaner (lēn"ẽr);
superl. Leanest.] [OE. lene, AS.
hlǣne; prob. akin to E. lean to incline. See
Lean, v. i. ] 1.
Wanting flesh; destitute of or deficient in fat; not plump;
meager; thin; lank; as, a lean body; a lean
2. Wanting fullness, richness, sufficiency,
or productiveness; deficient in quality or contents; slender; scant;
barren; bare; mean; -- used literally and figuratively; as, the
lean harvest; a lean purse; a lean discourse;
lean wages. "No lean wardrobe." Shak.
Their lean and flashy songs.
What the land is, whether it be fat or
lean. Num. xiii. 20.
Out of my lean and low ability Shak.
I'll lend you something.
3. (Typog.) Of a character which
prevents the compositor from earning the usual wages; -- opposed to
fat; as, lean copy, matter, or type.
Syn. -- slender; spare; thin; meager; lank; skinny;
Lean (?), n. 1.
That part of flesh which consists principally of muscle without
The fat was so white and the lean was so
2. (Typog.) Unremunerative copy or
Lean (lēn), v. t. [Icel.
leyna; akin to G. läugnen to deny, AS.
lȳgnian, also E. lie to speak falsely.] To
conceal. [Obs.] Ray.
Lean (lēn), v. i. [imp. &
p. p. Leaned (lēnd), sometimes Leant
(lĕnt); p. pr. & vb. n. Leaning.]
[OE. lenen, AS. hlinian, hleonian, v.
i.; akin to OS. hlinōn, D. leunen, OHG.
hlinēn, linēn, G. lehnen, L.
inclinare, Gr. kli`nein , L. clivus hill,
slope. √40. Cf. Declivity, Climax,
Incline, Ladder.] 1. To incline,
deviate, or bend, from a vertical position; to be in a position thus
inclining or deviating; as, she leaned out at the window; a
leaning column. "He leant forward."
2. To incline in opinion or desire; to
conform in conduct; -- with to, toward, etc.
They delight rather to lean to their old
3. To rest or rely, for support, comfort, and
the like; -- with on, upon, or
He leaned not on his fathers but