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leer1

[leer] /lɪər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to look with a sideways or oblique glance, especially suggestive of lascivious interest or sly and malicious intention:
I can't concentrate with you leering at me.
noun
2.
a lascivious or sly look.
Origin of leer1
1520-1530
1520-30; perhaps v. use of obsolete leer cheek (Middle English leor, Old English hlēor; cognate with Old Norse hlȳr (plural))
Related forms
leeringly, adverb
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  • She cackled, and leered with vile significance toward the girl in the doorway.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • They leered at him with phosphorescent eyes, yellow and purple.

    Salvage in Space John Stewart Williamson
  • The young inventor had done this while he leered at his captors.

  • He leered at her as though expecting her to flame at his prowess.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • But the other two grinned derisively at each other and leered at the girl.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • Above us, in the opening of the trap-door, leered the bright, mad eyes of Fraser.

  • He leered at her, put an arm about her waist, pulled her to him, and kissed her oafishly.

  • He leered at her horribly, and Beth seemed frozen into her chair.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • Beasley leered over the rim of his glass as he drank his whisky.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for leered

leer

/lɪə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to give an oblique, sneering, or suggestive look or grin
noun
2.
such a look
Derived Forms
leering, adjective, noun
leeringly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: perhaps verbal use of obsolete leer cheek, from Old English hlēor
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Word Origin and History for leered

leer

n.

1590s, from leer (v).

leer

v.

"to look obliquely" (now usually implying "with a lustful or malicious intent"), 1520s, probably from Middle English noun ler "cheek," from Old English hleor "the cheek, the face," from Proto-Germanic *khleuzas "near the ear," from *kleuso- "ear," from PIE root *kleu- "to hear" (see listen). The notion is probably of "looking askance" (cf. figurative development of cheek). Related: Leered; leering.

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