bean


bean
1 noun (C)
1 VEGETABLE
a) a seed from one of many types of climbing plants, that is often used as food
b) a pod (=seed case) from a bean plant that is used as food when the seeds are young: green beans
2 PLANT a plant that produces beans
3 COFFEE one of many types of seed that is used to make coffee, chocolate etc: coffee beans | cocoa beans
4 be full of beans informal to be very eager and full of energy: It's the kids' party today and they're full of beans.
5 not have a bean informal to have no money at all: I can't pay you - I haven't got a bean.
6 not know beans (about) AmE informal to know nothing at all about a subject
7 old bean BrE old-fashioned used by men when talking to a man they know well
-see also: spill the beans spill 1 (3) 2 verb (T) informal to hit someone on the head with an object: I was beaned on the head by a baseball.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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