- 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
Examples from the Web for laired
Some Scotsmen were stricken down; some, not knowing the ground, laired, and lost their horses.
About the feet of the colossi I could make out the creeping forms of beasts that laired in the once proud works of men.The Jacket (The Star-Rover)
The jaguar is not far distant, “laired” in the secret depths of the impenetrable jungle.The Rifle Rangers
Captain Mayne Reid
For two days he had laired and rested, sleeping much, in the wildest and most inaccessible precincts of the Kennan Ranch.Michael, Brother of Jerry
Nob Hill arose, like any medieval castle, from the mess and ruck of common life that denned and laired at its base.The Little Lady of the Big House
- 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 laired
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.