Leaden is an adjective that is used to describe that which is dull and heavy. Not lively or exciting. Gloomy, oppressive, sluggish. Of poor quality or little value.
- His ‘leaden’ speech was not what people would normally expect from him.
- The ‘leaden’ atmosphere outside made the group of explorers want to take the day off, staying in the warm cottage.
- They moved at a ‘leaden’ pace after the tiring journey they had just been through.