bean Definition

  • 1a seed, or the pod containing seeds, of various climbing plants, widely grown as food
  • 2informal term for the head

Using bean: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "bean" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I'm cooking a pot of beans for dinner.

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    She planted beans in her garden this year.

  • Example

    He got hit on the bean with a baseball.

  • Example

    The company hired a new bean counter to manage their finances.

bean Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for bean

Phrases with bean

  • spill the beans

    to reveal a secret or information that was supposed to be kept confidential


    I can't believe you spilled the beans about the surprise party!

  • not valuable or important


    That old car isn't worth a hill of beans anymore.

  • energetic and lively


    The kids were full of beans after playing outside all day.


Summary: bean in Brief

The term 'bean' [biːn] refers to a seed or pod of various climbing plants, often used as food. It also has an informal meaning for 'head.' Common phrases include 'spill the beans,' meaning to reveal a secret, 'not worth a hill of beans,' meaning not valuable, and 'full of beans,' meaning energetic.

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