leaden

adjective

lead·​en ˈle-dᵊn How to pronounce leaden (audio)
1
a
: made of lead
b
: of the color of lead : dull gray
2
a
: oppressively heavy
b
c
: lacking spirit or animation
leadenly adverb
leadenness noun

Example Sentences

a leaden performance of a classic American play that nearly put us to sleep the leaden sky made everything seem dark and depressing
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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Leaden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leaden. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

leaden

adjective
lead·​en ˈled-ᵊn How to pronounce leaden (audio)
1
a
: made of lead
b
: of the color of lead : dull gray
2
: low in quality : poor
3
a
: heavy and difficult to move
leaden feet
b
: lacking spirit : dull

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