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Lean, adj. 1) wanting flesh, meager, thin: Ven. 136. Ven. 136 As II, 7, 158. III, 2, 341. III, 2, 341 Tw. IV, 2, 8. John IV, 2, 201. H4A II, 4, 358. H4A II, 4, 358 H4B III, 2, 294. H6A I, 2, 35. IV, 2, 11. Rom. V, 3, 104. Tim. IV, 3, 13. Caes. I, 2, 194. II, 2, 113. Hml. IV, 3, 25. Ant. III, 11, 37. “lank and l.” Lucr. 708. “the clergy's bags are lank and l.” H6B I, 3, 132.
2) not rich, barren, sterile: “lards the l. earth,” H4A II, 2, 116. H4B IV, 3, 129.
3) bare, stripped: “l., rent and beggared by the strumpet wind,” Merch. II, 6, 19. “the trees, though summer, yet forlorn and l.” Tit. II, 3, 94.
4) barren of thought: “l. penury within that pen doth dwell,” Sonn. 84, 5. “fat paunches have l. pates,” LLL I, 1, 26.
5) poor, insignificant: “I have but l. luck in the match,” Err. III, 2, 93. “out of my l. and low ability,” Tw. III, 4, 378. “whereof the hangman hath no l. wardrobe,” H4A I, 2, 82. “let not a --er action rend us,” Ant. II, 2, 19.
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