Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a thin face.
- In printing, having an unusually thin or narrow face, as type. See lean, adjective, 5.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having a thin face.
- adj. (Typog.) slender or narrow; -- said of type the letters of which have thin lines, or are unusually narrow in proportion to their height.
“A solemn, lean-faced man in his fifties stood with his arms crossed, staring at the substation.”
“He alone had no war-bonnet or feathers, or anything but a coloured shirt; he was young and wiry, lean-faced and lank-haired and without paint-but with those eyes he didn't need any.”
“Men on cycles, lean-faced, unkempt, scorched along every country lane shouting of unhoped deliverance, shouting to gaunt, staring figures of despair.”
“He roused to see, dimly, the port and starboard bulkheads crashing in under the fire of the pirates' protons, and a swarm of lean-faced hot-eyed Neptune men pouring through the breaches.”
“He was lanky, like Jim, and lean-faced, with deep creases and a mustache just long enough to droop.”
“Suddenly, out of the corner of his eye, he saw a lean-faced man with shoulder-length dark hair stepping down from the Raptor.”
“The state of Britain was represented nearly always by a red-faced, purse-proud farmer with an enormous belly, that fine dream of freedom, the United States, by a cunning, lean-faced rascal in striped trousers and a blue coat.”
“The stout clerk reappeared, holding the door for a graying, lean-faced man with a black leather patch hiding the spot where his right eye had been.”
“They brought one Pinch, a hungry lean-faced villain,”
“A lean-faced, rather commonplace woman recognised Carrie on the platform and hurried forward.”
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