bean

noun
\ ˈbēn \

Definition of bean 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : fava 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 fava bean

c : a plant bearing beans

d : an immature bean pod used as a vegetable

2a : 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

4a 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

verb
beaned; beaning; beans

Definition of bean (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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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

The crowning episodes since season 4 have been filmed with a live audience, so to prevent any audience members (or even the queens themselves) from spilling the beans, nobody actually knows who won that season until the episode airs. Teen Vogue, "11 Things You Probably Didn't Know About "RuPaul's Drag Race"," 28 June 2018 Prepare your beans normally and there's no need to worry. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "How Kelly Clarkson Lost Nearly 40 Pounds on the Plant Paradox Diet," 25 June 2018 As a result, nearly every major coffee retailer is paying closer attention to the source of its beans than ever before. Justin Worland/alajuela, Time, "Your Morning Cup of Coffee Is in Danger. Can the Industry Adapt in Time?," 21 June 2018 Then join in some smack talk with Chicago, where residents are claiming their original bean (Cloud Gate) is superior. San Antonio Express-News, "Your best bets for attractions all around Texas," 12 June 2018 The pals didn’t spill the beans on what Jordyn Woods for Kylie Cosmetics will entail. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Kylie Jenner Revealed Her Dogs Are Protective Of Baby Stormi," 7 July 2018 Our server, Ken, was helpful and knowledgeable about everything on the menu, right down to identifying the beans in the java Towneship uses from Jim’s Organic Coffee in Wareham. Paul E. Kandarian, BostonGlobe.com, "Razor clam stuffies, anyone? How about lobster corn dogs, or seafood potage?," 21 June 2018 The combo of pureeing the sauce and the cumin and chili seasoning flavor is why people think there are beans in it. Gwynedd Stuart, Los Angeles Magazine, "Former Michiganders Are Getting Politically Active in Their Home State All the Way From L.A.," 11 June 2018 Then blanch the beans in salted water until tender, only a minute or two. Noelle Carter, latimes.com, "Culinary SOS: Make the fresh chickpea hummus from Rooftop by JG in Beverly Hills," 18 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Against the New York Giants, Orioles shortstop Hughie Jennings is beaned by Amos Rusie, the hardest-throwing pitcher in the National League. Mike Klingaman, baltimoresun.com, "The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for June 24-30," 24 June 2018 Hitters Konstanty beaned, Giants manager Leo Durocher once joked, didn’t even get headaches. Frank Fitzpatrick, Philly.com, "The undertaker who brought Jim Konstanty to life | Frank's Place," 23 June 2018 Both sides had been warned by plate umpire Andy Fletcher the previous inning after Giants rookie starter Dereck Rodriguez beaned Lewis Brinson as tempers flared for a second straight game. Janie Mccauley, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Straily, Mattingly both ejected in Marlins' loss to Giants," 20 June 2018 That, unfortunately, could go on hold after Baez left Sunday’s game after a Jack Flaherty fastball beaned him square on the elbow. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: Jason Heyward's Turning Point, Expansion Possibilities and Bryce Harper's Struggles," 18 June 2018 Apparently, getting beaned by two cans of Bush's sweet 'n' savories didn't calm him down. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "'Stop! Or I'll hurl these baked beans at you!' And that's what this Florida deputy did," 5 June 2018 Knights pitchers beaned four batters total — with Jourdyn Campbell being the victim three times. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "Maddie Lindsey anchors Kingwood's win over Clear Falls," 11 May 2018 Bryant had missed the last four games after being beaned in Colorado last Sunday. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Kris Bryant returns to Cubs lineup against Brewers," 28 Apr. 2018 The third baseman was beaned by Colorado German Marquez on Sunday and has missed the last four games . . . BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. basketball director Thomas Gassnola pleads guilty," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of bean

Noun

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

Verb

1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bean

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"

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bean

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bean

: to hit (someone) on the head with something

bean

noun
\ ˈbēn \

Kids Definition of bean

1 : the edible seed or pod of a bushy or climbing garden plant related to the peas and clovers

2 : a seed or fruit like a bean coffee beans

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