leer

1
[ leer ]
/ lɪər /

verb (used without object)

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.

noun

a lascivious or sly look.

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Origin of leer

1
1520–30; perhaps v. use of obsolete leer cheek (Middle English leor,Old English hlēor; cognate with Old Norse hlȳr (plural))

OTHER WORDS FROM leer

leer·ing·ly, adverb

Definition 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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