leer

1
[leer]
verb (used without object)
  1. 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.
noun
  1. a lascivious or sly look.

Origin of leer

1
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

leer

3
[leer]
noun
  1. lehr.
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Related Words for leers

stare, eye, smirk, goggle, wink, gloat, ogle, sneer, squint, eyeball

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British Dictionary definitions for leers

leer

verb
  1. (intr) to give an oblique, sneering, or suggestive look or grin
noun
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for leers

leer

n.

1590s, from leer (v).

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.

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