verb (used without object)
Origin of leer1
Examples from the Web for leered
Will women be even more objectified, assaulted, and leered at?Were Christians Right About Gay Marriage All Along?|Jay Michaelson|May 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"That's Boy's fault, Sher'ff, not our'n," leered the glib old man.Wolf's Head|Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
The thick-set little seaman rolled in on his bowed legs, and leered at his employer when they were alone.The Sea-Hawk|Raphael Sabatini
The salad faces, which Ralph called "clowns," leered up from the plates.A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband|Louise Bennett Weaver
Word Origin for leer
1590s, from leer (v).
"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.