bean: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (bēn), [key]
— n.
  1. the edible nutritious seed of various plants of the legume family, esp. of the genus Phaseolus.
  2. a plant producing such seeds.
  3. the pod of such a plant, esp. when immature and eaten as a vegetable.
  4. any of various other beanlike seeds or plants, as the coffee bean.
  5. I can't pay for the ticket, I don't have a bean in my jeans.
    1. a person's head.
    2. a coin or a bank note considered as a coin:I can't pay for the ticket, I don't have a bean in my jeans.
  6. a minimum amount of money: They've been disinherited and now haven't a bean.
  7. the slightest amount: He doesn't know beans about navigation.
  8. He is still full of beans at 95.
    1. energetic; vigorously active; vital:He is still full of beans at 95.
    2. stupid; erroneous; misinformed.
  9. to disclose a secret, either accidentally or imprudently, thereby ruining a surprise or plan: He spilled the beans, and she knew all about the party in advance.
  1. to hit on the head, esp. with a baseball.
  1. (used to express disbelief, annoyance, etc.).


Pronunciation: (bēn), [key]
— n.
  1. born 1932, U.S. astronaut.
  2. (“Judge”), 1825?–1903, U.S. frontiersman and justice of the peace: called himself “the law west of the Pecos.”
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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