- 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.
- a lascivious or sly look.
Origin of leer1
Examples from the Web for leering
While her English classmates were learning to wash their hands, Nadia was worried that the devil was leering at her on the loo.Want This Woman to Lie About Herself? You Can Just Burq Off!
March 24, 2014
Michaele asked me privately if she should expect “drunk, old, leering guys” to bother her.Inside the Salahi Split
September 16, 2011
Gone were the shaved head and leering smile from his mug shot released after the shootings.Should He Be Forced to Take Meds?
Terry Greene Sterling
July 30, 2011
On the Internet, you do, because the leering appears as words on a screen.The Myth of Online Predators
April 28, 2009
His fist shot out, caught the leering guard flush on his chin.Slaves of Mercury
He turned his back after leering terribly as he looked at Gervaise.L'Assommoir
He spun round in his amazement and met the leering face of Ayoub.The Sea-Hawk
I have stirred up ghosts of the past—leering ghosts, and I hate them.Possessed
But now the brute came back, cautiously, crouching and leering.The Grammar School Boys Snowbound
H. Irving Hancock
- (intr) to give an oblique, sneering, or suggestive look or grin
- such a look
Word Origin and History for leering
1590s, from 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.