from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a thin face.
  • adj. slender or narrow; -- said of type the letters of which have thin lines, or are unusually narrow in proportion to their height.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a thin face.
  • In printing, having an unusually thin or narrow face, as type. See lean, adjective, 5.


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  • A solemn, lean-faced man in his fifties stood with his arms crossed, staring at the substation.

    The Burning Wire

  • 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.

    The War of The Worlds

  • 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.

    The Star Pirates

  • He was lanky, like Jim, and lean-faced, with deep creases and a mustache just long enough to droop.

    'The Widows of Eastwick'

  • Suddenly, out of the corner of his eye, he saw a lean-faced man with shoulder-length dark hair stepping down from the Raptor.

    Battlestar Galactica

  • 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.

    In the Days of the Comet

  • 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.

    Knife of Dreams

  • They brought one Pinch, a hungry lean-faced villain,

    The Comedy of Errors

  • A lean-faced, rather commonplace woman recognised Carrie on the platform and hurried forward.

    Sister Carrie


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