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.