noun Scot. and North England.

learning; instruction; lesson.

Origin of lear

1350–1400; late Middle English lere lesson, noun use of lere to teach, Old English lǣran; cognate with Dutch leren, German lehren, Gothic laisjan; akin to lore1




Edward,1812–88, English writer of humorous verse and landscape painter.
(italics) King Lear.
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Examples from the Web for lears

Historical Examples of lears

  • Yet the King Lears of later times have been all beard, or very nearly so.

  • Something comes choking in ones throat, climbing like Lears hysterica passio.

    The Curate in Charge

    Margaret Oliphant

  • For Lears threats, what could he do to him, whose life was already at his service, that should not hinder duty from speaking?

    The Chautauquan, Vol. III, February 1883

    The Chautauquan Literary and Scientific Circle

British Dictionary definitions for lears



Edward. 1812–88, English humorist and painter, noted for his illustrated nonsense poems and limericks
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