bean·​pole ˈbēn-ˌpōl How to pronounce beanpole (audio)
: a pole up which bean vines may climb
: a tall thin person

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Doubling as George, the patriarch of the Darling family, and the despised Captain Hook, Chris Bean is a marvel: a gawky, John Cleese-like beanpole whose every trip and turn is an entrée to the Ministry of Silly Walks. A.d. Amorosi, Variety, 20 Apr. 2023 Those traits allowed Clark to defend every player on the court, from jitterbug point guards to beanpole centers. Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2023 Darrell Moseley accepts some blame for his youngest brother’s beanpole body. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Oct. 2022 Michalski used to be just another southern Indiana beanpole. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 15 Aug. 2022 With four senior starters, much was expected of Loyola, whose tallest player, Jack Cummings, stood 6-foot-2, a beanpole for the times. Mike Klingaman, Baltimore Sun, 19 May 2022 Peter is a slender beanpole who dresses in black and white and – gasp – sneakers, and crafts fragile flowers out of paper. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, 4 Dec. 2021 Before his brother sprouted like a beanpole early in high school, soon to evolve into a 7-footer with skills unlike other players his size, Isaiah was once the imposing Mobley. Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2021 Adam Trautman was a 6-foot-4, 176-pound beanpole then, a high school quarterback desperately trying to catch the attention of college recruiters, most of whom couldn’t find the northern Michigan town of Elk Rapids with a map. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 22 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1749, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of beanpole was circa 1749

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“Beanpole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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