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leer2

[leer] /lɪər/
adjective, British Dialect.
1.
having no burden or load.
2.
faint for lack of food; hungry.
Origin of leer2
1050
before 1050; Middle English lere, Old English gelǣr; cognate with German leer empty
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British Dictionary definitions for leerer

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 leerer

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.

n.

1590s, from leer (v).

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