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lean adj. (fig. uses): poor, meagre, mean Err. III. ii. 93 “I have but lean luck,” Tw.N. III. iv. 380 “my lean and low ability,” Ant. II. ii. 19 “A leaner action” ; unfertile, barren 1H4 II. ii. 120, 2H4 IV. iii. 129; scantily furnished 1H4 I. ii. 82 “no lean wardrobe.”
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