Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a lean manner or condition; meagerly; without fat or plumpness.
  • Barrenly; unprofitably: as, to discourse leanly.

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

  • adverb Meagerly; without fat or plumpness.

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

  • adverb In a lean way.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

lean +‎ -ly

Examples

  • She drew off her cloak, dropping it to the workshop floor and revealing a suit of black leather over a leanly muscular frame.

    GuildWars Edge of Destiny

  • She drew off her cloak, dropping it to the workshop floor and revealing a suit of black leather over a leanly muscular frame.

    GuildWars Edge of Destiny

  • Another rival, RosettaBooks, which publishes such classics as E.M. Forster 's "A Passage to India," operates even more leanly, with one full-time employee plus freelancers.

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  • She became conscious of the heat of his body running the length of hers, the closeness of his leanly handsome features, and the caressing warmth of his breath.

    Western Man

  • Given all of the work that has been piled on employees at leanly staffed companies during the weak economy, it's understandable that some workers want to scale back.

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  • She drew off her cloak, dropping it to the workshop floor and revealing a suit of black leather over a leanly muscular frame.

    GuildWars Edge of Destiny

  • She lowered her gaze to the width of his leanly muscled shoulders, conscious of the way his chest expanded under his shirt.

    Western Man

  • She drew off her cloak, dropping it to the workshop floor and revealing a suit of black leather over a leanly muscular frame.

    GuildWars Edge of Destiny

  • She became conscious of the heat of his body running the length of hers, the closeness of his leanly handsome features, and the caressing warmth of his breath.

    Western Man

  • She lowered her gaze to the width of his leanly muscled shoulders, conscious of the way his chest expanded under his shirt.

    Western Man

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