bean

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noun

1
a
b
: the seed of any of various erect or climbing plants (as of the genera Phaseolus and Vigna) of the legume family other than the fava bean
c
: a plant bearing beans
d
: an immature bean pod used as a vegetable
2
a
: a valueless item
b
beans plural : the least amount
didn't know beans about it
3
: any of various seeds or fruits that resemble beans or bean pods
coffee beans
also : a plant producing these
4
a
beans plural : exuberance
used in the phrase full of beans
b
beans plural : nonsense, bunkum
used in the phrase full of beans
5
: head, brain
6
: a protuberance on the upper mandible of waterfowl see duck illustration

bean

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verb

beaned; beaning; beans

transitive verb

: to strike (a person) on the head with an object

Example Sentences

Noun We ate rice and beans for dinner. We're growing tomatoes and beans in our garden this year.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The bean bags will start flying at 1 p.m. Feb. 4 at Hopportunities, 440 NE Fifth Ave.. Gary Curreri, Sun Sentinel, 20 Jan. 2023 Another station invites you to toss bean bags onto a scale. Heather Lanier, Longreads, 10 Jan. 2023 School pick up, family dinners, bean bags at City Hall. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Dec. 2022 There is also a large central gathering space with a massive television screen facing a sea of bean bags. Charisma Madarang, Rolling Stone, 19 Nov. 2022 Fans can catch the touchdown action on 10 televisions throughout the space, which is also equipped with darts, bean bags and pool. Lauryn Azu, Chicago Tribune, 11 Nov. 2022 The players cuddle each other on bean bags, take trips to Six Flags and host dance parties in their apartments. Dallas News, 4 Nov. 2022 There’s a broadcast studio, bean bags, bright lighting, a kitchen and a bedroom. Peter Pomerantsev, Time, 4 Oct. 2022 From leafy suburbs sprouting up around Riyadh and Mecca to coworking spaces with bean bag chairs and foosball, Saudi Arabian culture is turning decidedly more American, not less, under the crown prince. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 July 2022
Verb
Krazy, who suffered the endless brick-chucking torments of Ignatz Mouse, whose life’s pursuit was to bean her, day in, day out, was a bottomless well of forgiveness. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Sep. 2022 Everyone on the field agreed Matt Cain didn’t mean to bean David Wright on Aug, 15, 2009, when the star third baseman suffered a concussion after being hit on the helmet. Jerry Beach, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2022 Eight days earlier in Pittsburgh, Cubs manager Joe Maddon took exception to Pirates pitcher Jordan Lyles nearly beaning Javier Baez. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, 13 July 2019 Immediately following the show, there will bean after arty in the Kleist Center’s Black Box Theatre. Rich Heileman, cleveland, 8 Nov. 2019 The Dodgers were fortunate the Nationals didn’t further reduce their 3-1 lead in that inning, which Buehler started by beaning Kurt Suzuki. Los Angeles Times, 10 Oct. 2019 After Maddon’s ejection, David Bote was beaned by reliever Clay Holmes with the bases loaded during a five-run fifth, causing home-plate umpire Joe West to issue warnings to both dugouts. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, 3 July 2019 Attacking the upper half of the strike zone against the Cubs has been a successful ploy by the Dodgers and Braves, but the high and tight pitches by Lyles and Clay Holmes — who beaned David Bote with the bases loaded — were too much for Maddon. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, 5 July 2019 On June 21, 1967, Yankees pitcher Thad Tillotson beaned Sox third baseman Joe Foy, who had hit a grand slam the day before, in the second inning. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English bene, from Old English bēan; akin to Old High German bōna bean

Verb

verbal derivative of bean entry 1 in sense "head"

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1909, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Bean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bean. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

bean

noun
ˈbēn
1
b
: the seed or pod of various erect or climbing plants of the legume family
c
: a plant bearing beans
2
: a seed or fruit like a bean
coffee beans

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