Crossword clues for lean
- Dietary no-no for Mrs. Sprat
- Show a preference
- Low-fat, as beef
- Show preference
- Show bias
- Get ready to fall, maybe
- Meat request
- Put pressure (on)
- Like the food Jack Sprat eats
- Request to a butcher
- Like ostrich meat
- Not fatty
- Not marbled, say
- Slim and trim
- Like venison
- Not fat
- Lacking excess
- Not stand completely straight
- Bend to one side
- The property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical
- Having little fat
- Supermarket meat label
- Like higher-priced beef
- Like Jack Sprat's diet
- Exert pressure (on)
- Like pricier meat
- Emulate Pisa's tower
- Mrs. Sprat's no-no
- Not having much fat
- Desirable to dieters
- Gravitate (toward)
- Like some meat
- Like good hamburger meat
- No-no for Mrs. Sprat
- Be precarious, maybe
- Not yielding much
- What Mrs. Sprat couldn't eat
- Not very profitable
- Unlike a typical hot dog
- Low in fat
- Like a champion bodybuilder
- Option at a butcher's, maybe
- Be biased
- Depend (on)
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Lean \Lean\, v. t. [From Lean, v. i.; AS. hl[=ae]nan, v. t.,
fr. hleonian, hlinian, v. i.]
To cause to lean; to incline; to support or rest.
His fainting limbs against an oak he leant.
Lean \Lean\ (l[=e]n), a. [Compar. Leaner (l[=e]n"[~e]r); superl. Leanest.] [OE. lene, AS. hl[=ae]ne; prob. akin to E. lean to incline. See Lean, v. i. ]
Wanting flesh; destitute of or deficient in fat; slim; not plump; slender; meager; thin; lank; as, a lean body; a lean cattle.
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.''
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 I'll lend you something.
(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; gaunt.
Lean \Lean\ (l[=e]n), v. t. [Icel. leyna; akin to G. l["a]ugnen
to deny, AS. l[=y]gnian, also E. lie to speak falsely.]
To conceal. [Obs.]
Lean \Lean\ (l[=e]n), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Leaned (l[=e]nd), sometimes Leant (l[e^]nt); p. pr. & vb. n. Leaning.] [OE. lenen, AS. hlinian, hleonian, v. i.; akin to OS. hlin[=o]n, D. leunen, OHG. hlin[=e]n, lin[=e]n, G. lehnen, L. inclinare, Gr. kli`nein, L. clivus hill, slope. [root]40. Cf. Declivity, Climax, Incline, Ladder.]
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.''
To incline in opinion or desire; to conform in conduct; -- with to, toward, etc.
They delight rather to lean to their old customs.
To rest or rely, for support, comfort, and the like; -- with on, upon, or against.
He leaned not on his fathers but himself.
Lean \Lean\, n.
That part of flesh which consists principally of muscle without the fat.
The fat was so white and the lean was so ruddy.
(Typog.) Unremunerative copy or work.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
c.1200, from Old English hleonian "to bend, recline, lie down, rest," from Proto-Germanic *khlinen (cognates: Old Saxon hlinon, Old Frisian lena, Middle Dutch lenen, Dutch leunen, Old High German hlinen, German lehnen "to lean"), from PIE root *klei- "to lean, to incline" (cognates: Sanskrit srayati "leans," sritah "leaning;" Old Persian cay "to lean;" Lithuanian slyti "to slope," slieti "to lean;" Latin clinare "to lean, bend," clivus "declivity," inclinare "cause to bend," declinare "bend down, turn aside;" Greek klinein "to cause to slope, slant, incline;" Old Irish cloin "crooked, wrong;" Middle Irish cle, Welsh cledd "left," literally "slanting;" Welsh go-gledd "north," literally "left" -- for similar sense evolution, see Yemen, Benjamin, southpaw).\n
\nMeaning "to incline the body against something for support" is mid-13c. Figurative sense of "to trust for support" is from early 13c. Sense of "to lean toward mentally, to favor" is from late 14c. Related: Leaned; leaning. Colloquial lean on "put pressure on" (someone) is first recorded 1960.
"thin, spare, with little flesh or fat," c.1200, from Old English hlæne "lean, thin," possibly from hlænan "cause to lean or bend," from Proto-Germanic *khlainijan, which would connect it to Old English hleonian (see lean (v.)). But perhaps rather, according to OED, from a PIE *qloinio- (with cognates in Lithuanian klynas "scrap, fragment," Lettish kleins "feeble"). Extended and figurative senses from early 14c. The noun meaning "lean animals or persons" is from c.1200, from the adjective.
"action or state of leaning," 1776, from lean (v.).
Etymology 1 vb. 1 To incline, deviate, or bend, from a vertical position; to be in a position thus inclining or deviating. 2 To incline in opinion or desire; to conform in conduct; with ''to'', ''toward'', etc. 3 To rest or rely, for support, comfort, etc.; with ''on'', ''upon'', or ''against''. Etymology 2
1 (context of a person or animal English) slim; not fleshy. 2 (context of meat English) having little fat. 3 Having little extra or little to spare; scanty; meagre. 4 Having a low proportion or concentration of a desired substance or ingredient. 5 (context printing archaic English) Of a character which prevents the compositor from earning the usual wages; opposed to (term fat English). v
To thin out (a fuel-air mixture): to reduce the fuel flow into the mixture so that there is more air or oxygen. Etymology 3
vb. To conceal.
cause to lean or incline; "He leaned his rifle against the wall"
have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined; "She tends to be nervous before her lectures"; "These dresses run small"; "He inclined to corpulence" [syn: tend, be given, incline, run]
rely on for support; "We can lean on this man"
cause to lean to the side; "Erosion listed the old tree" [syn: list]
lacking in mineral content or combustible material; "lean ore"; "lean fuel" [ant: rich]
containing little excess; "a lean budget"; "a skimpy allowance" [syn: skimpy]
low in mineral content; "a lean ore"
not profitable or prosperous; "a lean year"
Lean or Leaning or LEAN may refer to:
Usage examples of "lean".
Apparently satisfied it would support his weight, he leaned back, rocking gently while Abie prepared their coffee.
As she leaned against the wall of the house, the rough texture of the red brick gently abraded her bare shoulders.
While they worked, Lukien leaned against the wagon, absently watching the stars appear.
His hot face had leaned forward a little too confidentially and he had assumed a very low Dublin accent, so that the young ladies, with one instinct, received his speech in silence.
He leaned on her, and together they followed Addis and headed toward the steps.
I peeked back over the covers and noticed Adeem leaning into Ty, whispering.
He was asking about the inertial navigation system that kept their position updated between fixes from the NAV SAT Linden leaned over the aft rail of the conn, over the chart table, and pointed with his finger to their estimated position.
Four feet away, Lieutenant Carrie Alameda watched the midshipman leaning over the chart table.
Around the third inning she leaned her head against his shoulder, and Alan hesitantly put his arm around her.
Now Alan was leaning over the sink, staring down into darkness, holding on to the darkness, which writhed and scratched beneath him.
Seregil, showing Alec deep indentations in the lean muscle on either side of his left thigh.
Seregil was leaning more heavily on his arm than he had earlier, Alec noted, wondering if it had been a mistake not going back to their room.
Leaning as close as he dared, Alec quickly told him the details of their conference at the Cockerel.
She drew Alette to her with a kind of vehemence, kissed her, and then wept silently, leaning on her shoulder.
The station agent, in green eyeshade and black alpaca worksleeves, leaned through the ticket window, talking to a friend.