- a den or resting place of a wild animal: The cougar retired to its lair.
- a secluded or hidden place, especially a secret retreat or base of operations; a hideout or hideaway: a pirate's lair.
- British. a place in which to lie or rest; a bed.
- to place in a lair.
- to serve as a lair for.
- to go to, lie in, or have a lair.
Origin of lair1
- British Dialect. mud; mire.
- Scot. to sink or stick in mud or mire.
Origin of lair2
- lore; learning.
Origin of lair3
- a man who dresses garishly and is crude or vulgar; showoff.
Origin of lair4
Examples from the Web for lair
“The lair of the laser loves all of you,” he tells a visiting Atlas Obscura tour group.New York’s Hologram King Is Also the City’s Last Pro Holographer
May 27, 2014
In January the actor kidnapped Kimmel, tying him up in his lair.8 Best Jimmy Kimmel Viral Videos
November 5, 2013
He was not a recluse, however, as the documents and electronic chips recovered by the SEALs from his lair revealed.Peter Bergen’s Manhunt: The Decade-Long Hunt for Osama bin Laden
April 29, 2012
Reuters got hold of photos taken by a Pakistani security official reportedly only an hour after the U.S. stormed bin Laden's lair.Day 4: Breaking News on Osama bin Laden's Death
The Daily Beast
May 5, 2011
His lair is not normal, but it can at least pass for a suburban house.Villains as Fashion Heroes
July 8, 2010
It is used by their prickers and huntsmen when the beast hath not fled, but is still in its lair.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Saying no word, out of his lair he came with that terrible sword of his aloft.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
The Huron arose, and shook himself like a lion quitting his lair.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
Nothing would do, but to go up into his lair, and drag him out.
It tried hard to crawl into its lair, or slip into the lake.
- the resting place of a wild animal
- informal a place of seclusion or hiding
- an enclosure or shed for farm animals
- Scot the ground for a grave in a cemetery
- (intr) (esp of a wild animal) to retreat to or rest in a lair
- (tr) to drive or place (an animal) in a lair
- a Scot word for mire
- a flashy man who shows off
- (intr; foll by up or around) to behave or dress like a lair
Word Origin and History for lair
Old English leger "bed, couch, grave; act or place of lying down," from Proto-Germanic *legraz (cf. Old Norse legr "grave," also "nuptials" ("a lying down"); Old Frisian leger "situation," Old Saxon legar "bed," Middle Dutch legher "act or place of lying down," Dutch leger "bed, camp," Old High German legar "bed, a lying down," German Lager "bed, lair, camp, storehouse," Gothic ligrs "place of lying"), from PIE *legh- "to lie, lay" (see lie (v.2)). Meaning "animal's den" is from early 15c.