lean

If you lean on something, you incline your body against it, like the way you lean against a wall while waiting in line. If you lean on a person, you rely on her for moral support, like the way you lean on your best friend when you're feeling sad or worried.

If you’re tired, lean back in your chair. If you’re broke, lean on your family for financial help. But something can lean all by itself, if it’s not standing straight. The famous Tower of Pisa leans at an angle of about 4 degrees. As an adjective, we use lean to describe something skimpy or lacking excess flesh. When you're experiencing financial difficulty, you could say you're going through lean (not prosperous) times.

Primary Meanings of lean

1.
vn
incline or bend from a vertical position
the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical
2.
v
have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined
3.
v
rely on for support
4.
adj
containing little excess
Full Definitions of lean
1

v incline or bend from a vertical position

“She leaned over the banister”
Synonyms:
angle, slant, tilt, tip
Types:
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incline, pitch, slope
be at an angle
weather
cause to slope
heel, list
tilt to one side
lean back, recline
move the upper body backwards and down
ascend
slope upwards
stoop
sag, bend, bend over or down
fall
slope downward
climb
slope upward
dip
slope downwards
fall back
fall backwards and down
Type of:
bend, flex
form a curve

v cause to lean or incline

“He leaned his rifle against the wall”
Type of:
lay, place, pose, position, put, set
put into a certain place or abstract location

v cause to lean to the side

Synonyms:
list
heel, list
tilt to one side
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

n the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical

Synonyms:
inclination, leaning, list, tilt
Type of:
position, spatial relation
the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated
2

v have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined

Synonyms:
be given, incline, run, tend
Types:
take kindly to
be willing or inclined to accept
suffer
be given to
gravitate
move toward
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
3

v rely on for support

“We can lean on this man”
Type of:
bank, rely, swear, trust
have confidence or faith in
4

adj containing little excess

“a lean budget”
Synonyms:
skimpy
deficient, insufficient
of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement

adj lacking excess flesh

“"Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look"-Shakespeare”
Synonyms:
thin
ectomorphic
having a build with little fat or muscle but with long limbs
anorectic, anorexic
suffering from anorexia nervosa; pathologically thin
bony, cadaverous, emaciated, gaunt, haggard, pinched, skeletal, wasted
very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
deep-eyed, hollow-eyed, sunken-eyed
characteristic of the bony face of a cadaver
gangling, gangly, lanky
tall and thin
lank, spindly
long and lean
rawboned
having a lean and bony physique
reedlike, reedy
resembling a reed in being upright and slender
twiggy, twiglike
thin as a twig
scarecrowish
resembling a scarecrow in being thin and ragged
boney, scraggy, scrawny, skinny, underweight, weedy
being very thin
shriveled, shrivelled, shrunken, withered, wizen, wizened
lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness
slender, slight, slim, svelte
being of delicate or slender build
slender-waisted, slim-waisted, wasp-waisted
having a small waist
spare, trim
thin and fit
spindle-legged, spindle-shanked
having long slender legs
stringy, wiry
lean and sinewy
wisplike, wispy
thin and weak
thin
of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section
Antonyms:
fat
having an (over)abundance of flesh
endomorphic, pyknic
having a squat and fleshy build
abdominous, paunchy, potbellied
having a large belly
blubbery
swollen with fat
chubby, embonpoint, plump
sufficiently fat so as to have a pleasing fullness of figure
buxom, zaftig, zoftig
(of a female body) healthily plump and vigorous
corpulent, obese, rotund, weighty
excessively fat
double-chinned, jowly, loose-jowled
having sagging folds of flesh beneath the chin or lower jaw
dumpy, podgy, pudgy, roly-poly, tubby
short and plump
fattish
somewhat fat
fleshy, heavy, overweight
usually describes a large person who is fat but has a large frame to carry it
gross, porcine
repellently fat
portly, stout
euphemisms for `fat'
rounded
curving and somewhat round in shape rather than jagged
thick
not thin; of a specific thickness or of relatively great extent from one surface to the opposite usually in the smallest of the three solid dimensions
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adj not profitable or prosperous

“a lean year”
Synonyms:
unprofitable
producing little or no profit or gain

adj lacking in mineral content or combustible material

lean ore”
lean fuel”
Antonyms:
rich
high in mineral content; having a high proportion of fuel to air

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