leanto

lean-to

[leen-too]
noun, plural lean-tos.
1.
a shack or shed supported at one side by trees or posts and having an inclined roof.
2.
a roof of a single pitch with the higher end abutting a wall or larger building. See illus. under roof.
3.
a structure with such a roof.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English; noun use of verb phrase lean to

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lean-to
 
n , pl -tos
1.  a roof that has a single slope with its upper edge adjoining a wall or building
2.  a shed or outbuilding with such a roof

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lean-to
"building whose rafters pitch against another building or wall," mid-15c., from lean (v.) + to.
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