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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

leer3

[leer] /lɪər/
noun
1.
lehr.
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Examples from the Web for leers
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  • What do I care for public opinion, for gossip, for their leers and whispers?

    The Winning Clue

    James Hay, Jr.
  • It was so unlike Glenerne and the leers about the aquarium corner.

    Gray youth Oliver Onions
  • She leans forward and leers up into the face of her Prodigal.

    Dangerous Ground Lawrence L. Lynch
  • The buccaneers sprang at the terrified women and priests, some with weapons out, others with leers and outstretched arms.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • He shrugs his shoulders, opens his eyes, leers, and—there is the complete manufactured article.

  • But the attack was definitively broken off at nightfall and the Republicans withdrew slowly towards Lannoy and leers.

  • And as for our worst, when we as we say let ourselves go, we dirty the life-force unspeakably, with chuckles and leers.

    This Simian World Clarence Day
  • There were squints, and leers, and some dull, ox-like stares from those who were too dull or too weary to converse.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • He leers at us through the two red eyes of the locomotive; its stout cylinder represents his embonpoint.

    From the Oak to the Olive Julia Ward Howe
  • With smirkings and grimacings and leers that started his shudders afresh, she told him all.

British Dictionary definitions for leers

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 leers

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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