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
b : sluggish
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

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In the late 1970s, Yvon Chouinard, the rock-climbing founder of Patagonia, sought a more functional alternative to wool which, although insulating, gets leaden when wet. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "How the Humble Fleece Jacket Became High Fashion," 7 Jan. 2019 But at home, leaden legs turned his gait into a shuffle. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "A Rare Disease Won’t Keep This Mountain Man Off the Trails," 15 Dec. 2018 During the leaden, serious first season of Legends of Tomorrow, there was almost no sign that the show would become not just one of the most reliably funny and escapist hours on television, but also one of the most fearlessly bizarre. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The 20 best TV series of 2018," 12 Dec. 2018 The other appearance of eggplant in my childhood was eggplant Parmesan, which tended to be a leaden affair of heavily breaded eggplant layered with copious amounts of mozzarella and overly cooked tomato sauce. Evan Kleiman, latimes.com, "Cucina Italiana: The joy of eggplant. Try making a timbale," 5 July 2018 Its banks, a big weight in stockmarket indices, look leaden. The Economist, "A case for owning euro-zone shares," 9 June 2018 In the season premiere, Carrie is trying to recover from a breakup with her boyfriend, played by leaden Chris Noth. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "The Worst Ways That Men Covered Sex and the City," 5 June 2018 Crab Rangoon, at its worst leaden and porous, is light and crackly here. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Go out of your way for Sichuan Gourmet," 15 May 2018 Still, both performed better than a weak lettuce-fest of a Caesar salad and a bowl of rubbery penne pasta with equally rubbery meatballs in a leaden meat sauce. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Pesto Ristorante a solid addition to Olmos Park," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of leaden

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

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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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