[ leer ]
/ lɪər /

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

Definition for lears (2 of 2)

[ leer ]
/ lɪər /


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

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

    The Curate in Charge|Margaret Oliphant
  • Yet the King Lears of later times have been all beard, or very nearly so.

    A Book of the Play|Dutton Cook

British Dictionary definitions for lears

/ (lɪə) /


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