lean


lean
lean vb *slant, slope, incline
Analogous words: bend, *curve: *turn, deflect, divert, sheer
lean adj Lean, spare, lank, lanky, gaunt, rawboned, angular, scrawny, skinny mean thin because of absence of super-fluous flesh.
Lean stresses the lack of fat and therefore of rounded contours
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lean as a greyhound— Thackeray

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a small, lean, wiry man with sunk cheeks weathered to a tan— Masefield

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Spare often suggests abstemiousness or sinewy strength
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he had the spare form . . . which became a student— George Eliot

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the spare, alert and jaunty figure that one often finds in army men— Wolfe

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Lank suggests tallness or length as well as leanness; often also it implies wasting
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meager and lank with fasting grown, and nothing left but skin and bone— Swift

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a pack of lank hounds, sore-footed and sore-eared— H. L. Davis

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Lanky adds the suggestions of awkwardness and loose-jointedness
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a lanky youth, all arms and legs

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lanky men and women ... so tall and attenuated that they seem at times to approach the one-dimensional— Coates

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Gaunt stresses want of sufficient flesh to conceal the bones; it often connotes overwork or undernourishment
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her bony visage— gaunt and deadly wan— Wordsworth

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this one with the passing of the years had grown lean and gaunt and the rocklike bones of her face stood forth and her eyes were sunken— Buck

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Rawboned often equals gaunt, but it is applied particularly to persons of large, ungainly frame and it seldom implies undernourishment
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a long, gawky, rawboned Yorkshireman— Kipling

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Angular implies not only absence of curves, but jerkiness or stiffness in movement
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sudden retirement of the angular female in oxydated bombazine— Holmes

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Scrawny and skinny imply extreme thinness but scrawny may additionally suggest slightness or a shrunken meager quality
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lank scrawny chickens

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a barren slope covered with scrawny vegetation

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the scrawniest, wretchedest horse I had ever seen— Kalischer

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while skinny suggests a stringy fleshless condition such as is associated with a deficiency of vitality or strength
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skinny children

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the skinniest human being I ever saw. He had not enough flesh on his bones to make a decent-sized chicken— Lynd

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Analogous words: slender, slim, *thin, slight: cadaverous, wasted, pinched, *haggard
Antonyms: fleshy
Contrasted words: brawny, *muscular, sinewy, burly, husky: stout, *strong, sturdy, stalwart: plump, portly, rotund, fat, obese, corpulent (see FLESHY)

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