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.

Nearby words

  1. leechee,
  2. leeds,
  3. leeds castle,
  4. leek,
  5. leek-green,
  6. leery,
  7. lees,
  8. lees summit,
  9. leesburg,
  10. leet

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 formsleer·ing·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for leered



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


such a look
Derived Formsleering, adjective, nounleeringly, adverb

Word Origin for leer

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

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