Definition of leanness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈliːnnəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈliːnnəs//
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  1. 1(usually approving) the quality in a person of not having much flesh; the quality of being thin and fit The dark clothes emphasized the leanness of his body.
  2. 2the quality in meat of containing little or no fat the leanness of the meat
  3. 3the fact that there is not much of something, especially money or food the leanness of resources
  4. 4the quality in an organization of being efficient because the number of employees has been reduced the leanness of their staffing
  5. 5(usually approving) the quality of containing few elements; the quality of containing nothing that is not needed the leanness of the narrative