Definition of leaden-footed in English:



  • Slow and laborious in movement.

    ‘a big, heavy man who tends to be a bit leaden-footed’
    • ‘A half-time alteration was blatantly required and made when Murray, leaden-footed at left-back, gave way to Maloney.’
    • ‘He was pained that the last FA Cup-tie at Maine Road was a shuffling, leaden-footed business.’
    • ‘The City defence seemed to be peopled by leaden-footed men of enormous girth.’
    • ‘After a promising opening game, Capriati now appears to look leaden-footed.’
    • ‘He seems even more leaden-footed than his predecessor, letting a fancy metropolitan elite from London dance round him.’
    • ‘A shift-up of the gears took Huckerby clear of two leaden-footed defenders.’
    • ‘As it poured down it seemed to drain Irish limbs; for half of this game they looked exhausted, leaden-footed, red-faced, blistering in the heat.’
    • ‘They were leaden-footed and meek in the challenge and it looked as if they were running on empty, such was the lack of urgency in the team.’
    • ‘Having celebrated his graduation with a vigorous, table-top dance, why does the hero turn into a leaden-footed klutz?’
    • ‘Leaden-footed and clearly pained by movement, her lack of mobility was accentuated by the booming baseline shots and the predatory instincts of Williams.’
    unhurried, leisurely, measured, moderate, deliberate, steady, sedate, slow-moving, slow-going, easy, relaxed, unrushed, gentle, undemanding, comfortable
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