1 thin, slim, slender, rangy, spare, wiry, lanky, lank, skinny, angular, bony, raw-boned, gaunt, gangling, gangly, spare, meagre, skeletal, scraggy, scrawny, haggard, emaciated, pinched, wasted, shrunken, macilent:
He has the lean leggy build typical of a runner.
2 unfruitful, unproductive, barren, infertile, poor, meagre, scanty, bare, arid, sparse, impoverished:
The Kanes tried for years to eke a living from the lean soil.
3 impoverished, destitute, needy, poverty-stricken, penurious, indigent, necessitous, hard, bad, difficult:
The Depression was a lean period for most people.
1 rest (against or on or upon), be held up or supported by:
She leant her head on his shoulder.
2 incline, slant, tilt, bend, tip:
Isn't that pole leaning over too much?
3 Often, lean towards. favour, gravitate towards, tend towards, be disposed towards, prefer, show a preference for, incline towards, be or lean on the side of, be biased towards, be (prejudiced) in favour of:
She leans towards conservatism when it comes to morality.
4 lean on.
(a) rely on, depend on, count on, believe or trust in, pin one's hopes or faith on or upon:
You can lean on me if you need help.
(b) pressure, bring pressure to bear on, intimidate, threaten, cow, terrorize, terrify, scare, frighten, warn, menace, endanger, imperil, Brit pressurize:
Sometimes the gang would lean on a shopkeeper who refused to pay for 'protection'.
bent, inclination, bias, prejudice, favouritism, partiality, predilection, liking, taste, preference, penchant, sympathy, tendency, tendentiousness:
The judges' leanings in favour of short-haired dogs are well known.
heavily | lightly | slightly | casually, easily, lazily, nonchalantly | eagerly | earnestly | confidentially, confidingly, conspiratorially | weakly, wearily | drunkenly | precariously | close, near
He leaned closer, lowering his voice.
| across, forward, down, out, over
She leant forward eagerly to listen to him.
| away, back, backwards
He leaned back in his chair.
She was leaning confidentially across the table.
She leaned her head against his shoulder.
He leaned into the open doorway.
The old man was leaning heavily on a stick.
| out of
She leaned precariously out of the window.
She leaned casually over the railings.
The taxi driver leaned through his window.
He leaned towards her.
PHRASAL VERBS lean on sb/sth
Britain leans heavily on Europe for trade.
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