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[ leer-ing ]


  1. indicating lewd, sly, or malicious intent:

    He regarded her with a leering grin as she walked slowly up the path.

  2. having a lewd, sly, or malicious look:

    The massive door, with a leering gargoyle for a knocker, lent the scene an air of unreality.

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  • leer·ing·ly adverb
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Example Sentences

While her English classmates were learning to wash their hands, Nadia was worried that the devil was leering at her on the loo.

An “exit” door left ajar welcomed leering lingerers backstage.

Michaele asked me privately if she should expect “drunk, old, leering guys” to bother her.

Gone were the shaved head and leering smile from his mug shot released after the shootings.

On the Internet, you do, because the leering appears as words on a screen.

The gray pile looms above me, cold and forbidding, and on its crest stands the black figure leering at me in triumph.

The old miser's face changed suddenly from rage and malevolence to a leering softness more hateful still to her shrinking eyes.

The door creaked rustily on its hinges, and an ugly, leering Chinese face peered inside.

Some black leering idol on whose altar was daily sacrificed a living victim?

Except for the leering joss and the monstrous embroidered things on the walls the rooms showed empty.





leerLee, Robert E.