Definition of leaden in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɛd(ə)n/


1Dull, heavy, or slow: his eyelids were leaden with sleep
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  • Conifers are dear to many people's hearts, but they don't add much to a garden, tending to be leaden and heavy, in shades of either dull green, or garish yellow and blue.
  • Drowsily, in a voice leaden from heavy drinking, he hits me up for a favor: Fill in for him in an arena concert Kiss is giving that night, only hours away.
  • This is a big, fat novel but there is not a leaden or heavy page in it.
dull, heavy, weighty;
listless, lifeless, inactive, inert
sluggish, heavy, lumbering, plodding, cumbersome, slow, torpid;
2Of the colour of lead; dull grey: a leaden sky
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  • To make sure the towers are not a blot on the view for local residents, it was ruled that they must be painted a dull grey similar to the leaden Stockport sky.
  • The leaden grey sky on the left of the car and sun on the right make me stir, looking all around for that favorite rare arch of color in the sky.
  • In this novel the sky is always leaden grey, the light is smoky, the rain is pelting the windows and it is cold.
grey, greyish, grey-coloured, black, dark, ashen;
literary tenebrous
2.1 archaic Made of lead: a leaden coffin
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  • This once lovely girl's body lay in a leaden coffin.





Pronunciation: /ˈlɛd(ə)nnɪs/


Old English lēaden (see lead2, -en2).

Words that rhyme with leaden

Armageddon, deaden, redden

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Line breaks: lead¦en

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