leaden

adjective lead·en \ ˈle-dᵊn \
|Updated on: 18 Jun 2018

Definition of leaden

1 a : made of lead
b : of the color of lead : dull gray
2 a : oppressively heavy
b : sluggish
c : lacking spirit or animation

leadenly

adverb

leadenness

play \ˈle-dᵊn-(n)əs\ noun

Examples of leaden in a Sentence

  1. a leaden performance of a classic American play that nearly put us to sleep

  2. the leaden sky made everything seem dark and depressing

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First Known Use of leaden

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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leaden Synonyms


LEADEN Defined for English Language Learners

leaden

Definition of leaden for English Language Learners

  • : having a dull gray color

  • : feeling heavy and difficult to move

  • : not lively or exciting


LEADEN Defined for Kids

leaden

adjective lead·en \ ˈle-dᵊn \

Definition of leaden for Students

1 : made of lead
2 : feeling heavy and difficult to move
  • leaden feet
3 : of a dull gray color
  • a leaden sky


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