Something leaden moves in a heavy, slow way. After a sleepless night, your leaden feet will walk more sluggishly than usual to the bus stop.

Dull, heavy things can be described as leaden, like a dense, boring novel full of leaden dialog or your fatigued, leaden legs at the end of a full day's hike up a mountain. If something is the color of lead — a dull gray — that's also leaden, like the leaden, stormy sky. Finally, things made of lead are quite literally leaden, the word's original meaning, from a Germanic root meaning "heavy metal."

Definitions of leaden
  1. adjective
    (of movement) slow and laborious
    leaden steps”
    synonyms: plodding
    requiring great physical effort
  2. adjective
    lacking lightness or liveliness
    “a leaden conversation”
    synonyms: heavy
    lacking in liveliness or animation
  3. adjective
    made heavy or weighted down with weariness
    “his leaden arms”
    synonyms: weighted
    marked by great psychological weight; weighted down especially with sadness or troubles or weariness
  4. adjective
    made of lead
    “a leaden weight”
  5. adjective
    darkened with overcast
    “the sky was leaden and thick”
    synonyms: dull
    full of or covered with clouds
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