- leanlean1 [lēn]vi.leaned or Chiefly Brit. leant, leaning [ME lenen < OE hlinian, to lean, hlænan, to cause to lean, akin to Ger lehnen < IE base * k̑lei-, to incline, lean > Gr klinein, L clinare]1. to bend or deviate from an upright position; stand at a slant; incline2. to bend or incline the body so as to rest part of one's weight upon or against something [he leaned on the desk]3. to depend for encouragement, aid, etc.; rely (on or upon)4. to have a particular mental inclination; tend (toward or to a certain opinion, attitude, etc.)vt.to cause to lean [to lean one's head back, lean the ladder against the house]n.the act or condition of leaning; inclination; slant——————☆ lean onSlang to pressure, as by using influence or intimidatingleanern.lean2 [lēn]adj.[ME lene < OE hlæne, prob. akin to LEAN1, in sense “leaning, drooping,” hence “thin, slender”]1. with little flesh or fat; thin; spare2. containing little or no fat: said of meat3.a) lacking in richness, profit, productivity, etc.; meagerb) deficient in some quality or substance [a lean mixture in the carburetor]c) characterized by brevity, incisiveness, directness, etc. [a lean writing style]d) characterized by economy, efficiency, automation rather than human labor, etc. [a leaner, more competitive company]n.meat containing little or no fatleanlyadv.leannessn.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.