lead·​en | \ˈle-dᵊn \

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 \ 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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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 Will Escobar, an iron man with a Gold Glove but an oft-leaden bat, be able to contribute anything substantial at the plate? Vahe Gregorian, kansascity, "Why not over-extending for Eric Hosmer will help the Royals now and later | The Kansas City Star," 22 Mar. 2018 But the buoyancy of gratitude couldn't compete with the leaden frustrations of a Quick Sinker. Andrew Reiner, Washington Post, "Life’s stresses often sink me. Here’s how I decided to change that.," 4 Feb. 2018 The academy and the show’s broadcaster, ABC, have a financial interest in high ratings, and a sense of decorum adds a leaden note to the show. Cara Buckley, New York Times, "Oscars So Awkward? Trying to Top the Globes Won’t Be Easy," 10 Jan. 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 \

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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