- 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.
- a lascivious or sly look.
Origin of leer1
- having no burden or load.
- faint for lack of food; hungry.
Origin of leer2
- protective shelter: The lee of the rock gave us some protection against the storm.
- the side or part that is sheltered or turned away from the wind: We erected our huts under the lee of the mountain.
- Chiefly Nautical. the quarter or region toward which the wind blows.
- pertaining to, situated in, or moving toward the lee.
- by the lee, Nautical. accidentally against what should be the lee side of a sail: Careless steering brought the wind by the lee.
- under the lee, Nautical. to leeward.
Origin of lee1
Examples from the Web for leer
Contemporary Examples of leer
He is like you would imagine a young hipster Clark Gable would be and he's got a leer on him that won't quit.Inside the Vampire Diaries Craze
November 2, 2010
Historical Examples of leer
"If your cask is leer, I warrant your purse is full, gaffer," shouted Hordle John.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Then he peered into Hugh Ritson's face with a leer of triumph.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
"A connection of the family, on the mother's side," said Terry, with a leer.Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
"Father Glynn, of Luke Street," growled out the imp, with a leer.Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
I believe he tried to leer at me, because his voice was absolutely dying in his throat.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
- (intr) to give an oblique, sneering, or suggestive look or grin
- such a look
Word Origin for leer
- a river in SW Republic of Ireland, flowing east into Cork Harbour. Length: about 80 km (50 miles)
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- a sheltered part or side; the side away from the direction from which the wind is blowing
- by the lee nautical so that the wind is blowing on the wrong side of the sail
- under the lee nautical towards the lee
- (prenominal) nautical on, at, or towards the side or part away from the windon a lee shore Compare weather (def. 5)
Word Origin for lee
"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.
1590s, from leer (v).
Old English hleo "shelter, cover, defense, protection," from Proto-Germanic *khlewaz (cf. Old Norse hle, Danish læ, Old Saxon hleo, Dutch lij "lee, shelter"). No known cognates outside Germanic; original sense uncertain and might have been "warm" (cf. German lau "tepid," Old Norse hly "shelter, warmth"), which might link it to PIE *kele- (1) "warm." As an adjective, 1510s, from the noun.