[ leer ]
/ lɪər /
verb (used without object)
to look with a sideways or oblique glance, especially suggestive of lascivious interest or sly and malicious intent: Go away! I can't concentrate with you leering at me.
a lascivious or sly look.
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Origin of leer1
First recorded in 1520–30; perhaps verb use of obsolete noun leer “cheek” (Middle English leor, Old English hlēor; cognate with Old Norse hlȳr (plural))
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[ leer ]
/ lɪər /
adjective British Dialect.
having no burden or load.
faint for lack of food; hungry.
Origin of leer2
before 1050; Middle English lere,Old English gelǣr; cognate with German leer empty
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How to use leer in a sentence
As she walked through the camp streets, she turned away lurid leers with a troubled glance.
Heim had met von Leers a few times, but it was not an acquaintance he had any interest in deepening.
Omar Amin was not an Egyptian but rather a convert to Islam once known as Johann von Leers.
There were squints, and leers, and some dull, ox-like stares from those who were too dull or too weary to converse.
But Rostafinski is certain Leers had A. punicea in mind, and that other early names are equally ill-applied.
I have seen the original letter of the bookseller Leers, where he describes the death of our philosopher.
She grew to fear Davy's ugly leers more than the brutal words of the others.
(He laughs again and leers with lacklustre eye) Thanks be to God we have it in the house, what, eh, do you follow me?
British Dictionary definitions for leer
(intr) to give an oblique, sneering, or suggestive look or grin
Derived forms of leerleering, adjective, nounleeringly, adverb
Word Origin for leer
C16: perhaps verbal use of obsolete leer cheek, from Old English hlēor
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