Lean name meaning

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in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Lean
To conceal.

Etymology: Icel. leyna; akin to G. läugnen to deny, AS. lȳgnian, also E. lie to speak falsely

verb Lean
  1. To incline, deviate, or bend, from a vertical position; to be in a position thus inclining or deviating; as, she leaned out at the window; a leaning column. "He leantforward." [Dickens.]
  2. To incline in opinion or desire; to conform in conduct; -- with to toward, etc."They delight rather to lean to their old customs." [Spenser.]
  3. To rest or rely, for support, comfort, and the like; -- with on upon, or against."He leaned not on his fathers but himself." [Tennyson.]

Etymology: OE. lenen, AS. hlinian hleonian (v. i.); akin to OS. hlinōn, D. leunen, OHG. hlinēn linēn, G. lehnen, L. inclinare, Gr. kli`nein, L. clivus hill, slope. √40. Cf. Declivity Climax Incline Ladder

verb Lean
To cause to lean; to incline; to support or rest.

Etymology: From Lean (v. i.); AS. hlǣnan, v. t., fr. hleonian hlinian (v. i.)

adjective Lean
  1. Wanting flesh; destitute of or deficient in fat; slim; not plump; slender; meager; thin; lank; as, a lean body; a lean cattle.
  2. Wanting fullness, richness, sufficiency, or productiveness; deficient in quality or contents; slender; scant; barren; bare; mean; -- used literally and figuratively; as, the lean harvest; a lean purse; a lean discourse; lean wages. "No leanwardrobe." [Shak.]"Their lean and flashy songs." [Milton.]"What the land is, whether it be fat or lean." [Num. xiii. 20.]"Out of my lean and low ability I'll lend you something." [Shak.]
  3. [Typog] Of a character which prevents the compositor from earning the usual wages; -- opposed to fat; as, lean copy, matter, or type.
    synonyms: slender; spare; thin; meager; lank; skinny; gaunt.

Etymology: OE. lene, AS. hlǣne; prob. akin to E. lean to incline. See Lean (v. i.)

noun Lean
  1. That part of flesh which consists principally of muscle without the fat."The fat was so white and the lean was so ruddy." [Goldsmith.]
  2. [Typog] Unremunerative copy or work.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical
  2. Rely on for support ("We can lean on this man")
  3. Cause to lean or incline ("He leaned his rifle against the wall")
  4. To incline or bend from a vertical position ("She leaned over the banister")
  5. Cause to lean to the side
  6. Have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined
  7. Lacking excess flesh ("Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look")
  8. Not profitable or prosperous ("a lean year")
  9. Lacking in mineral content or combustible material ("lean ore" and "lean fuel")
  10. Containing little excess ("a lean budget")

From Middle English lenen (“to lean”), from Old English hleonian, hlinian (“to lean, recline, lie down, rest”), from Proto-Germanic *hlināną (“to lean, incline”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱley-. Cognate via Proto-Germanic with Middle Dutch leunen (“to lean”), German lehnen (“to lean”); via Proto-Indo-European with climate, cline.

  1. (of an object taller than its width and depth) An inclination away from the vertical.
    The trees had various toward gaps in the canopy.

From Middle English lene (“lean”), from Old English hlǣne (“lean”), (cognate with Low German leen), perhaps from hlǣnan (“to cause to lean (due to hunger or lack of food)”), from Proto-Germanic *hlainijaną (“to cause to lean”). If so, then related to Old English hlinian, hleonian (“to lean”).

  1. (uncountable) Meat with no fat on it.
  2. (countable, biology) An organism that is lean in stature.

From Icelandic leyna? Akin to German leugnen (“deny”). Compare lie (“speak falsely”).

Probably from the verb to lean (see etymology 1 above), supposedly because consumption of the intoxicating beverage causes one to "lean".

  1. (slang, US) A recreational drug based on codeine-laced promethazine cough syrup, popular in the hip hop community in the southeastern United States.
    Synonyms: sizzurp, syrup, purple drank

    lean was also found in the following language(s): Galician, Irish, Northern Sami, Old English, Scottish Gaelic, Spanish, and West Frisian

    Notable Persons Named Lean

    Notable Persons Named Lean

    Lean Teng Lim

    Lean was born in 1860. He breathed his last breath in 1963.

    Lean Dong

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    Leán was given the name Leán Hickey Bakker on July 1st, 1969 in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Lean

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Lean

    Yung Lean

    Yung Lean is a hip hop music and vaporwave rapping, singing, and record producer. He plays Sampler (musical instrument), Synthesizer, and Vocals. He was most prominent from 2010 to present. Yung was given the name Jonatan Aron Leandoer Håstad on July 19th, 1996 in Södermalm. Yung is also known as Jonathan Leandoer Håstad.

    CBE Sir David Lean

    CBE Sir David Lean was a film director, film producer, screenwriter, film editing, and film editor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1942 to 1991. CBE was born on March 25th, 1908 in Croydon, Surrey, England. He breathed his last breath on April 16th, 1991.

    Michele Lean

    Michele Lean is a television presenter. Michele was born on September 1st, 1982 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Catherine de Léan

    Catherine de Léan is an actor and actress. Catherine was born in 1980.

    David Lean

    David was born on August 22nd, 1935. David is also known as Lean and David Francis.

    Edward Tangye Lean

    Edward Tangye Lean is a writer.

    • Alexander Lean

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Lean U.S.
      White 65.53% 64.26%
      African American 5.80% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 15.53% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 10.58% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Lean

    People with the last name Lean are most frequently White, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or Hispanic or Latino

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    Fun Facts about the name Lean

  1. How Popular is the name Lean? Lean is the 12,471st most popular name of all time. As a last name Lean was the 37,899th most popular name in 2010.
  2. How many people with the first name Lean have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 805 babies born with the first name Lean in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lean to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
  3. What year were 5 or more babies first named Lean? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1916 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  4. When was Lean first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lean is Friday, June 7th, 1878.
  5. What year had the most people named Lean born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lean was in 1985 with a total of 27 babies.
  6. Random Lean Factoid: According to the 1986 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lean is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 8 babies in California have the same name in 1986.
  7. Weird things about the name Lean: The name spelled backwards is Nael. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Alen. How do you pronounce that?
  8. How many people have the last name Lean? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 586 people with the last name Lean.
  9. How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lean? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Lean as their last name since less than 1 person in 500k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  10. Lean name meaning

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