- 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
Examples from the Web for leered
Contemporary Examples of leered
Will women be even more objectified, assaulted, and leered at?Were Christians Right About Gay Marriage All Along?
May 27, 2014
Historical Examples of leered
She cackled, and leered with vile significance toward the girl in the doorway.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
They leered at him with phosphorescent eyes, yellow and purple.Salvage in Space
John Stewart Williamson
The young inventor had done this while he leered at his captors.Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout
He leered at her as though expecting her to flame at his prowess.
But the other two grinned derisively at each other and leered at the girl.
- (intr) to give an oblique, sneering, or suggestive look or grin
- such a look
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.