lead·​en | \ ˈle-dᵊn How to pronounce leaden (audio) \

Definition of leaden

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

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Other Words from leaden

leadenly adverb
leadenness \ ˈle-​dᵊn-​(n)əs How to pronounce leadenness (audio) \ noun

Examples of leaden in a Sentence

a leaden performance of a classic American play that nearly put us to sleep the leaden sky made everything seem dark and depressing
Recent Examples on the Web Time was leaden, then, swimming as if through oil, distorted and heavy. Sara B. Franklin, Longreads, "Seeding a Dark World with New Life," 10 Aug. 2020 The narration is ham-fisted, the plot is nonsensical, and the dialogue is leaden and often cheesy. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Artemis Fowl is a crushing disappointment," 13 June 2020 The feeling in the market was the leaden tug of dread. Karl Vick, Time, "Like Living in a War Zone Again: The Gift of Lockdown," 27 May 2020 Though the batter is made with 100 percent whole wheat flour, the pancakes aren’t tough or leaden. Jessica Battilana, SFChronicle.com, "Repertoire: What Bay Area chefs and bakers are cooking during the pandemic," 29 Apr. 2020 And while potato gnocchi have a tendency to become gummy or leaden when weighed down with flour or over-handled, ricotta gnocchi are more foolproof. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "Ricotta Gnocchi Gets You That "Fresh Pasta Experience" With Less of the Labor," 28 Apr. 2020 The day after the spring equinox looked dreary and leaden. Sylvia Poggioli, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, March 23–29," 29 Mar. 2020 Rice flour is used in Vietnam to counter the humidity, but can turn the dough leaden here, according to the cookbook author Andrea Nguyen. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "Banh Mi That Travels the World at JoJu," 13 Feb. 2020 But the plot veered away from the novel in significant ways, the acting was leaden, and the film was critically panned. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Needs more Zendaya: We have our first look at the new Dune film," 14 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of leaden

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

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“Leaden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leaden. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce leaden (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of leaden

: having a dull gray color
: feeling heavy and difficult to move
: not lively or exciting


lead·​en | \ ˈle-dᵊn How to pronounce leaden (audio) \

Kids Definition of leaden

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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