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English translation: dull, heavy, austere

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21:49 Jul 24, 2001
English to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary
English term or phrase: leaden-headed
"The muddy streets are muddiest near that leaden-headed old obstruction, the leaden-headed old corporation: Temple Bar."
Ramona Ali
Local time: 14:15
English translation:dull, heavy, austere
Explanation:
"Leaden" means dull and grey as lead, heavy as lead, so in a metaphorical sense, it would combine all the characteristics of lead. Figuratively, it also means "lifeless", "uninteresting", as in "leaden prose".

"Headed" means "with a specified temperament, characteristic, or ability" (usually used in combination). So I would translate "leaden-headed" as "gloomy" or "dull", in the sense of "having a dull, gloomy appearance".

Hope this helps
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Daphne b
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Local time: 07:15
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dull, heavy, austere


Explanation:
"Leaden" means dull and grey as lead, heavy as lead, so in a metaphorical sense, it would combine all the characteristics of lead. Figuratively, it also means "lifeless", "uninteresting", as in "leaden prose".

"Headed" means "with a specified temperament, characteristic, or ability" (usually used in combination). So I would translate "leaden-headed" as "gloomy" or "dull", in the sense of "having a dull, gloomy appearance".

Hope this helps

Daphne b
Sweden
Local time: 07:15
Native speaker of: Native in GreekGreek
PRO pts in pair: 13
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