And as we timorously mounted the narrow steps we agreed that the Andraitx early Christians must have been the leanest of mankind.
She was very thin, and had no more appearance of breasts than the leanest man.
The leanest gentleman can always consider himself, and fortunately I was, though lean, a gentleman.
Go to the stable and saddle the leanest horse you can find there.'
We may suppose that, when no alternative was offered but these salted meats, even the leanest venison was devoured with relish.
He's the longest, leanest, angularest, absent-mindedest chap in the world.
Then how, like a fleece of wool, it rounds and fills out the landscape, and makes the leanest and most angular field look smooth!
He was ambling along on the leanest and most ill-groomed of bazaar ponies, and he wore a bowler.
"His shootin' Mort gives me cause fer a heap more thinkin'," went on the leanest of the Cavendish men.
The sheep were leanest on the Darling, and on their way back their improved appearance was remarkable.
c.1200, from Old English hleonian "to bend, recline, lie down, rest," from Proto-Germanic *khlinen (cf. Old Saxon hlinon, Old Frisian lena, Middle Dutch lenen, Dutch leunen, Old High German hlinen, German lehnen "to lean"), from PIE root *klei- "to lean, to incline" (cf. Sanskrit srayati "leans," sritah "leaning;" Old Persian cay "to lean;" Lithuanian slyti "to slope," slieti "to lean;" Latin clinare "to lean, bend," clivus "declivity," inclinare "cause to bend," declinare "bend down, turn aside;" Greek klinein "to cause to slope, slant, incline;" Old Irish cloin "crooked, wrong;" Middle Irish cle, Welsh cledd "left," literally "slanting;" Welsh go-gledd "north," literally "left" -- for similar sense evolution, see Yemen, Benjamin, southpaw).
Meaning "to incline the body against something for support" is mid-13c. Figurative sense of "to trust for support" is from early 13c. Sense of "to lean toward mentally, to favor" is from late 14c. Related: Leaned; leaning. Colloquial lean on "put pressure on" (someone) is first recorded 1960.
"thin, spare, with little flesh or fat," c.1200, from Old English hlæne "lean, thin," possibly from hlænan "cause to lean or bend," from Proto-Germanic *khlainijan, which would connect it to Old English hleonian (see lean (v.)). But perhaps rather, according to OED, from a PIE *qloinio- (cf. Lithuanian klynas "scrap, fragment," Lettish kleins "feeble"). Extended and figurative senses from early 14c. The noun meaning "lean animals or persons" is from c.1200, from the adjective.
"action or state of leaning," 1776, from lean (v.).