bean

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noun

1
a
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 fava bean
c
: a plant bearing beans
d
: an immature bean pod used as a vegetable
2
a
: a valueless item
b
beans plural : the least amount
didn't know beans about it
3
: any of various seeds or fruits that resemble beans or bean pods
coffee beans
also : a plant producing these
4
a
beans plural : exuberance
used in the phrase full of beans
b
beans plural : nonsense, bunkum
used in the phrase full of beans
5
: head, brain
6
: a protuberance on the upper mandible of waterfowl see duck illustration

bean

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verb

beaned; beaning; beans

transitive verb

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

Examples of bean in a Sentence

Noun We ate rice and beans for dinner. We're growing tomatoes and beans in our garden this year.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Then there are normal dishes for plebeians not concerned with social-media fame, like chicken wings with spicy pineapple sauce, fiery papaya salad with long beans and an excellent green curry with eggplant as shiny-purple as an exotic beetle. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 10 June 2024 Look for vegetable burgers made with beans, lentils, or vegetables. Health Editorial Team, Health, 9 June 2024
Verb
Banana Saver Case Internet meme beans The reason these beans are slightly cursed entirely has to do with this long-running popular subreddit r/beansinthings, in which people put these beans in things, all for a good laugh. Wilder Davies, Bon Appétit, 15 Dec. 2023 In other words: Sheridan’s company has already bean there, done that. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 See all Example Sentences for bean 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English bene, from Old English bēan; akin to Old High German bōna bean

Verb

verbal derivative of bean entry 1 in sense "head"

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bean was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Bean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bean. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

bean

noun
ˈbēn
1
b
: the seed or pod of various erect or climbing plants of the legume family
c
: a plant bearing beans
2
: a seed or fruit like a bean
coffee beans

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