What does leaden mean?

Definitions for leaden
ˈlɛd nlead·en

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dull, leadenadjective

    darkened with overcast

    "a dark day"; "a dull sky"; "the sky was leaden and thick"

  2. leaden, weightedadjective

    made heavy or weighted down with weariness

    "his leaden arms"; "weighted eyelids"

  3. leadenadjective

    made of lead

    "a leaden weight"

  4. leaden, ploddingadjective

    (of movement) slow and laborious

    "leaden steps"

  5. heavy, leadenadjective

    lacking lightness or liveliness

    "heavy humor"; "a leaden conversation"


  1. leadenadjective

    Made of lead.

  2. leadenadjective

    Pertaining to or resembling lead; heavy, grey, sluggish.

  3. leadenadjective

    Dull; darkened with overcast.

    the sky was leaden and thick

  4. Etymology: From leden, leaden, from leaden, equivalent to. Cognate with leaden, loden.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Leadenadjective

    Etymology: leaden , Saxon.

    This tiger-footed rage, when it shall find
    The harm of unskann’d swiftness, will, too late,
    Tye leaden pounds to ’s heels. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    O murth’rous slumber!
    Lay’st thou the leaden mace upon my boy,
    That plays thee musick. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    A leaden bullet shot from one of these guns against a stone wall, the space of twenty-four paces from it, will be beaten into a thin plate. John Wilkins, Mathematical Magick.

    If thou do’st find him tractable to us,
    Encourage him, and tell him all our reasons:
    If he be leaden, icy, cold, unwilling,
    Be thou so too. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    I’ll strive with troubled thoughts to take a nap;
    Lest leaden slumber poize me down to-morrow,
    When I should mount with wings of victory. William Shakespeare.


  1. leaden

    Leaden is an adjective used to describe something that is heavy, slow, or gloomy. It often refers to the dull gray color of the metal lead, as well as its weight. For example, it can describe a sky that is heavily clouded and gray, a mood that is depressingly dull or heavy, or movement that is slow due to weight or fatigue.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Leadenadjective

    made of lead; of the nature of lead; as, a leaden ball

  2. Leadenadjective

    like lead in color, etc. ; as, a leaden sky

  3. Leadenadjective

    heavy; dull; sluggish

Anagrams for leaden »

  1. aneled

  2. leaned

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of leaden in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of leaden in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of leaden in a Sentence

  1. Richard Milhous Nixon:

    The memory of that scene for me is like a frame of film forever frozen at that moment the red carpet, the green lawn, the white house, the leaden sky. ... The new president and his first lady.

  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    To the dull mind all nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world sparkles with light.

  3. Hilaire Belloc:

    I shoot the Hippopotamus with bullets made of platinum, because if I use the leaden one his hide is sure to flatten em.

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