leaden leaden  /ˈlɛ dən/


  1. (adj) darkened with overcast
  2. (adj) made heavy or weighted down with weariness
  3. (adj) made of lead
  4. (adj) (of movement) slow and laborious
  5. (adj) lacking lightness or liveliness



  1. But even the most leaden-footed should be able to find parts in the epic crowd scenes that are a hallmark of the industry.
  2. The skies were leaden with fumes from the sulfurous lignite used to generate electricity.
  3. The leaden Menace was full of the posturing that two hostile nations engage in while marshaling their forces.


  • In Alaska's oilfields, drones countdown to takeoff

    By Krithika Krishnamurthy (Reuters) - No pilot was required when the Aeryon Scout took off into the leaden skies of Alaska to inspect a stretch of oil pipeline. The miniature aircraft was guided by an engineer on the ground, armed only with a tablet computer. The 20-minute test flight, conducted by BP Plc last fall, was a glimpse of a future where oil and gas companies in the Arctic can rely on ...
    on June 7, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News


  1. Mr Atkinson said that he didn't really fear being prosecuted for telling a gay joke, but that he dreaded "something almost as bad - a culture of censoriousness, a questioning, negative and leaden attitude that is encouraged by legislation of this...
    on Mar 21, 2009 By: Rowan Atkinson Source: Telegraph.co.uk

  2. The opposition Social Democrats described Odenberg's resignation as "further evidence" of what party leader Mona Sahlin said was Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's "leaden weak leadership and indecisiveness on core issues relating to national...
    on Sep 5, 2007 By: Mona Sahlin Source: DefenseNews.com (subscription)

  3. Memorial Day is marred by "wooden rituals and leaden speeches," a smug Keillor writes disapprovingly.
    on Jun 12, 2007 By: Garrison Keillor Source: Intellectual Conservative

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