from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Made of or containing lead.
- adj. Heavy and inert.
- adj. Listless; sluggish.
- adj. Lacking liveliness or sparkle; dull: a leaden conversation.
- adj. Downcast; depressed: leaden spirits.
- adj. Dull, dark gray in color: drizzle from a leaden sky.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Made of lead.
- adj. Pertaining to or resembling lead; heavy, grey, sluggish.
- adj. Dull; darkened with overcast.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Made of lead; of the nature of lead.
- adj. Like lead in color, etc..
- adj. Heavy; dull; sluggish.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Made or consisting of lead: as, a leaden ball; a leaden coffin.
- Like lead in any particular.
- Of the color of lead; dull-colored; hence, gloomy: as, a leaden sky.
- [Leaden is often compounded with participial adjectives: as, leaden- winged time; a leaden -paced messenger.
- Synonyms Lead, Leaden. Lead as an adjective is not used figuratively: leaden is used both literally and figuratively: as, a lead or leaden image; a leaden sky. A similar distinction exists between wood and wooden, gold and golden, etc.: as, a wood partition; wooden walls; wooden immobility; a gold watch; golden clouds, or hopes, or prospects. The form in -en is generally preferable rhythmically; hence its retention and extension in poetic use.
- To fasten or cover with lead.
- To weigh down with or as with lead, as one's spirits.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. made of lead
- adj. lacking lightness or liveliness
- adj. darkened with overcast
- adj. (of movement) slow and laborious
- adj. made heavy or weighted down with weariness
From Middle English leden, leaden, from Old English lēaden ("leaden, of lead"), equivalent to lead + -en. Cognate with West Frisian leaden ("leaden"), Dutch loden ("leaden"). (Wiktionary)