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leaden

[led-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:
before 1000; Middle English leden, Old English lēaden. See lead2, -en2

leadenly, adverb
leadenness, noun
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leaden (ˈlɛdən)
 
adj
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
 
'leadenly
 
adv
 
'leadenness
 
n

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leaden
Adjective form of lead (n.); a relic of O.E., which formed adjs. meaning "made of ______" by adding -en to nouns. The figurative sense of "heavy, oppressive, dull" is first attested 1570s.
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