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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
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Examples for leaden
  • It has the leaden consistency and gaseous redolence of a diet thick with potatoes.
  • Over the course of the day, they gradually grow leaden with extended use, as our arms and legs do.
  • Genius-magma too radioactive for leaden human brain to hold.
  • The seconds went limping and dragging by on absolutely leaden feet.
  • The essential first step is to remove the leaden overhang of non-tradable shares.
  • He is right that the leaden hand of the state has often suppressed individual freedom and creativity.
  • It remains to be seen whether his initiative will move at the same leaden pace as judicial reform in the rest of the country.
  • The sun again forsook them, and again from leaden skies the snow-flakes were sifted over the land.
  • And it's the direction that's to blame, too often leaden footed and predictable.
  • The tempos are leaden, and the arrangements downright predictable.
British Dictionary definitions for leaden

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
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Word Origin and History for 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.

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