KJV Dictionary Definition: lean


LEAN, v.i. Gr., L. clino.

1. To deviate or move from a straight or perpendicular line; or to be in a position thus deviating. We say, a column leans to the north or to the east; it leans to the right or left.

2. To incline or propend; to tend toward.

They delight rather to lean to their old customs -

3. To bend or incline so as to rest on something; as, to lean against a wall or a pillar; to lean on the arm of another.

4. To bend; to be in a bending posture.

LEAN, v.t.

1. To incline; to cause to lean.

2. To conceal. Not in use.

LEAN, a. L. lenis, and Eng. slender.

1. Wanting flesh; meager; not fat; as a lean body; a lean man or animal.

2. Not rich; destitute of good qualities; bare; barren; as lean earth.

3. Low; poor; in opposition to rich or great; as a lean action. Unusual.

4. Barren of thought; destitute of that which improves or entertains; jejune; as a lean discourse or dissertation.

LEAN, n. That part of flesh which consists of muscle without the fat.



1. Destitution of fat; want of flesh; thinness of body; meagerness; applied to animals.

2. Want of matter; poverty; emptiness; as the leanness of a purse.

3. In Scripture, want of grace and spiritual comfort.

He sent leanness into their soul. Ps. 106.