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leer

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[ leer ]
/ lɪər /
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verb (used without object)
to look with a sideways or oblique glance, especially suggestive of lascivious interest or sly and malicious intent: Go away! I can't concentrate with you leering at me.
noun
a lascivious or sly look.
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Origin of leer

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First recorded in 1520–30; perhaps verb use of obsolete noun leer “cheek” (Middle English leor, Old English hlēor; cognate with Old Norse hlȳr (plural))

Other definitions for leer (2 of 2)

leer2
[ leer ]
/ lɪər /

adjective British Dialect.
having no burden or load.
faint for lack of food; hungry.

Origin of leer

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before 1050; Middle English lere,Old English gelǣr; cognate with German leer empty
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British Dictionary definitions for leer

leer
/ (lɪə) /

verb
(intr) to give an oblique, sneering, or suggestive look or grin
noun
such a look

Derived forms of leer

leering, adjective, nounleeringly, adverb

Word Origin for leer

C16: perhaps verbal use of obsolete leer cheek, from Old English hlēor
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