- having no burden or load.
- faint for lack of food; hungry.
Origin of leer2
- (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.