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 Dictionary entry overview: What does leaden mean? 

LEADEN (adjective)
  The adjective LEADEN has 5 senses:

1. darkened with overcast
2. made heavy or weighted down with weariness
3. made of lead
4. (of movement) slow and laborious
5. lacking lightness or liveliness

  Familiarity information: LEADEN used as an adjective is common.

 Dictionary entry details 

LEADEN (adjective)

Sense 1leaden [BACK TO TOP]


Darkened with overcast


leaden; gray; grey; dull

Context examples:

a dark day / a dull sky / a grey rainy afternoon / grey clouds / the sky was leaden and thick


cloudy (full of or covered with clouds)

Sense 2leaden [BACK TO TOP]


Made heavy or weighted down with weariness


weighted; leaden

Context examples:

his leaden arms / weighted eyelids


heavy (marked by great psychological weight; weighted down especially with sadness or troubles or weariness)

Sense 3leaden [BACK TO TOP]


Made of lead

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

a leaden weight


lead (a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull grey)

Sense 4leaden [BACK TO TOP]


(of movement) slow and laborious


plodding; leaden

Context example:

leaden steps


effortful (requiring great physical effort)

Sense 5leaden [BACK TO TOP]


Lacking lightness or liveliness


leaden; heavy

Context examples:

heavy humor / a leaden conversation


dull (lacking in liveliness or animation)

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