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leaden (adj.)

"made of lead," Old English leaden, from lead (n.1) + -en (2). The figurative sense of "heavy, oppressive, dull" is attested by 1570s. Related: Leadenly; leadenness.

updated on January 06, 2013

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Definitions of leaden from WordNet

leaden (adj.)
made of lead;
a leaden weight
leaden (adj.)
darkened with overcast;
the sky was leaden and thick
Synonyms: dull
leaden (adj.)
made heavy or weighted down with weariness;
his leaden arms
Synonyms: weighted
leaden (adj.)
(of movement) slow and laborious;
leaden steps
Synonyms: plodding
leaden (adj.)
lacking lightness or liveliness;
a leaden conversation
Synonyms: heavy
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