follow Dictionary.com

Why turkey has the same name as Turkey

leaden

[led-n] /ˈlɛd n/
adjective
1.
inertly heavy like lead; hard to lift or move:
a leaden weight; leaden feet.
2.
dull, spiritless, or gloomy, as in mood or thought:
leaden prose; a leaden atmosphere.
3.
of a dull gray color:
leaden skies.
4.
oppressive; heavy:
a leaden silence.
5.
sluggish; listless:
They moved at a leaden pace.
6.
of poor quality or little value.
7.
made or consisting of lead.
verb (used with object)
8.
to make leaden, sluggish, dull, etc.:
Fatigue had leadened his brain and step.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English leden, Old English lēaden. See lead2, -en2
Related forms
leadenly, adverb
leadenness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for lea den

leaden

/ˈlɛdən/
adjective
1.
heavy and inert
2.
laboured or sluggish: leaden steps
3.
gloomy, spiritless, or lifeless
4.
made partly or wholly of lead
5.
of a dull greyish colour: a leaden sky
Derived Forms
leadenly, adverb
leadenness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for lea den

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for leaden

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for lea

3
4
Scrabble Words With Friends