[ 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.


a lascivious or sly look.

Origin of leer

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

Related forms

leer·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for leered


/ (lɪə) /


(intr) to give an oblique, sneering, or suggestive look or grin


such a look

Derived Forms

leering, adjective, nounleeringly, adverb

Word Origin for leer

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