noun \ˈbēn\

Definition of BEAN

a :  broad bean
b :  the seed of any of various erect or climbing plants (as of the genera Phaseolus and Vigna) of the legume family other than the broad bean
c :  a plant bearing beans
d :  an immature bean pod used as a vegetable
a :  a valueless item
b plural :  the least amount <didn't know beans about it>
:  any of various seeds or fruits that resemble beans or bean pods <coffee beans>; also :  a plant producing these
a plural :  exuberance —used in the phrase full of beans
b plural :  nonsense, bunkum —used in the phrase full of beans
:  head, brain
:  a protuberance on the upper mandible of waterfowl — see duck illustration

Examples of BEAN

  1. We ate rice and beans for dinner.
  2. We're growing tomatoes and beans in our garden this year.

Origin of BEAN

Middle English bene, from Old English bēan; akin to Old High German bōna bean
First Known Use: before 12th century



: to hit (someone) on the head with something

Full Definition of BEAN

transitive verb
:  to strike (a person) on the head with an object

First Known Use of BEAN

May 26, 2015
sacrilegious Hear it
grossly irreverent
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