Synonyms of lean


1. tilt, list, inclination, lean, leaning, position, spatial relation

usage: the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical; "the tower had a pronounced tilt"; "the ship developed a list to starboard"; "he walked with a heavy inclination to the right"


1. lean, tilt, tip, slant, angle, bend, flex

usage: to incline or bend from a vertical position; "She leaned over the banister"

2. lean, put, set, place, pose, position, lay

usage: cause to lean or incline; "He leaned his rifle against the wall"

3. tend, be given, lean, incline, run, be

usage: have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined; "She tends to be nervous before her lectures"; "These dresses run small"; "He inclined to corpulence"

4. lean, trust, swear, rely, bank

usage: rely on for support; "We can lean on this man"

5. list, lean, move

usage: cause to lean to the side; "Erosion listed the old tree"


1. thin (vs. fat), lean, anorexic, anorectic, bony, cadaverous, emaciated, gaunt, haggard, pinched, skeletal, wasted, deep-eyed, hollow-eyed, sunken-eyed, gangling, gangly, lanky, lank, spindly, rawboned, reedy, reedlike, twiggy, twiglike, scarecrowish, scraggy, boney, scrawny, skinny, underweight, weedy, shriveled, shrivelled, shrunken, withered, wizen, wizened, slender, slight, slim, svelte, slender-waisted, slim-waisted, wasp-waisted, spare, trim, spindle-legged, spindle-shanked, stringy, wiry, wisplike, wispy, ectomorphic, thin

usage: lacking excess flesh; "you can't be too rich or too thin"; "Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look"-Shakespeare

2. lean (vs. rich)

usage: lacking in mineral content or combustible material; "lean ore"; "lean fuel"

3. lean, skimpy, insufficient (vs. sufficient), deficient

usage: containing little excess; "a lean budget"; "a skimpy allowance"

4. lean, unprofitable (vs. profitable)

usage: not profitable or prosperous; "a lean year"

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Definition and meaning of lean (Dictionary)