from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Made of or containing lead.
  • adjective Heavy and inert.
  • adjective Listless; sluggish.
  • adjective Lacking liveliness or sparkle; dull.
  • adjective Downcast; depressed.
  • adjective Dull, dark gray in color.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To fasten or cover with lead.
  • To weigh down with or as with lead, as one's spirits.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Made of lead; of the nature of lead.
  • adjective Like lead in color, etc..
  • adjective Heavy; dull; sluggish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective dated Made of lead.
  • adjective Pertaining to or resembling lead; heavy, grey, sluggish.
  • adjective Dull; darkened with overcast.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective made of lead
  • adjective lacking lightness or liveliness
  • adjective darkened with overcast
  • adjective (of movement) slow and laborious
  • adjective made heavy or weighted down with weariness


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").


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