AskDefine | Define leaden

Dictionary Definition

leaden adj
1 darkened with overcast; "a dark day"; "a dull sky"; "a gray rainy afternoon"; "gray clouds"; "the sky was leaden and thick" [syn: dull, gray, grey]
2 made heavy or weighted down with weariness; "his leaden arms"; "weighted eyelids" [syn: weighted]
3 (of movement) slow and laborious; "leaden steps" [syn: plodding]
4 lacking lightness or liveliness; "heavy humor"; "a leaden conversation" [syn: heavy]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. made of lead
  2. pertaining to or resembling lead; heavy, grey, sluggish


    • 1999: "It was at the end of February..., when the world was cold..., when icy rains fell from the leaden skies in continual drizzling showers." — Stardust, Neil Gaiman, page 31 (2001 Perennial paperback edition).
    • "Where but to think is to be full of sorrow And leaden-eyed despairs, Where Beauty cannot keep her lustrous eyes, Or new Love pine at them beyond to-morrow." — Ode to a Nightingale, John Keats

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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