leaden: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (led'n), [key]
— adj.
  1. inertly heavy like lead; hard to lift or move: a leaden weight; leaden feet.
  2. dull, spiritless, or gloomy, as in mood or thought: leaden prose; a leaden atmosphere.
  3. of a dull gray color: leaden skies.
  4. oppressive; heavy: a leaden silence.
  5. sluggish; listless: They moved at a leaden pace.
  6. of poor quality or little value.
  7. made or consisting of lead.
  1. to make leaden, sluggish, dull, etc.: Fatigue had leadened his brain and step.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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