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Language: Old English
Origin: hlæne

lean

2 adjective
     
Related topics: Food
lean2
1 thin in a healthy and attractive way:
He was lean, tall, and muscular.
see usage note thin1
2DF lean meat does not have much fat on it [≠ fatty]
3 a lean organization, company etc uses only as much money and as many people as it needs, so that nothing is wasted
4 a lean period is a very difficult time because there is not enough money, business etc:
His wife was a source of constant support during the lean years.
leanness noun [uncountable]
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thin, slim, skinny, slender, lean, slight
Thin is a general word meaning that someone has little fat on their body. It is usually, but not always, disapproving He's much too thin. Teenage girls all seem to want to be thin.Slim means thin in an attractive way her lovely slim figureSkinny is a fairly informal word meaning very thin, which is usually disapproving ridiculously skinny modelsSlender, lean, and slight are used mostly in written English.Slender means thin in an attractive and graceful way long slender legsLean means thin and looking strong and fit a tall, lean athleteSlight means thin and delicate-looking Her brother was very slight and looked younger than he was.See also thin

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