Definition of beanpole in US English:



  • 1A stick for supporting bean plants.

    • ‘On the other side of the flowerbed Tony is affixing a vine to a beanpole.’
    • ‘If you are growing beans you are going to need a beanpole.’
    • ‘Arika could see beanpoles thick with beans and peas, greens of all kinds, and squashes and many other forms of hard vegetables.’
    • ‘Behind a row of beanpoles stands the garden house, which has lost one post.’
    • ‘A nearby child's garden has a beanpole trellis and space to plant seeds, cherry tomatoes and marigolds.’
    post, pole, stick, spike, upright, support, prop, strut, stave, pale, paling, picket, pile, piling, stanchion, shaft, cane, rod, mast
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    1. 1.1informal A tall, thin person.
      • ‘Finally, the last two shows in Festival of Fun feature the musical talents of Songfellow Strum, a beanpole elderly man who travels in a flying train singing old kids' songs.’
      • ‘If you're itching to hang some quality beef on your back and are not afraid of man-sized pain and hard work, then let's dig into the blueprint and say good-bye forever to that beanpole in the mirror.’
      • ‘Stringy beanpole players who are long in the arm and short on energy will say anything to convince you that it's a bad idea to run back and forth.’
      • ‘It was quite large for her skinny, beanpole body.’
      • ‘Did he seriously think the linesman wasn't going to spot a beanpole like him?’
      • ‘They were usually beanpoles who could eat half a cow and still stay skinny.’
      • ‘Tall, and not exactly beanpoles, but very bony.’
      • ‘Of course, that's all there was to me: I was a beanpole with legs hanging from my shoulders, and my arms were probably bigger than my legs.’
      • ‘He was tall and thin almost to the point of delicateness, but he didn't look like a beanpole, and I don't think I would have described him as lanky either.’
      • ‘Mary admits her youngest son was a scrawny little chap who became a beanpole youngster, so gangly he needed elastic in his school trousers to make sure they stayed up.’
      • ‘The skinny beanpole going up against someone three times his size is not looking for a solution to a problem, not looking to fix anything, but simply having a reason to live, and a reason to be strong.’
      • ‘He finished stretching when he was a beanpole, roughly three meters, or eight or nine feet.’
      • ‘She stood at about 5'9 and was skinny as a beanpole.’
      • ‘He went from being a spastic, gangly beanpole with ears that looked like they were drawn on by a cartoonist to being a symbol of all the things that are right in professional sports.’
      • ‘Pairing him in the Albion attack with the beanpole Kanu seems like the work, not of a football manager, but of a music hall impresario.’
      • ‘I'm a beanpole with nearly no muscle power, so there isn't much to be all embarrassed about!’
      • ‘Shortly later, Camillo, the heroine's elderly and ineffectual husband, was enacted by a young beanpole of a bumpkin.’
      • ‘I always been a strong girl, though I also been thin as a beanpole.’