- 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.
Origin of leer1
Examples from the Web for leers
Historical Examples of leers
What do I care for public opinion, for gossip, for their leers and whispers?The Winning Clue
James Hay, Jr.
It was so unlike Glenerne and the leers about the aquarium corner.Gray youth
She leans forward and leers up into the face of her Prodigal.Dangerous Ground
Lawrence L. Lynch
The buccaneers sprang at the terrified women and priests, some with weapons out, others with leers and outstretched arms.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer
Cyrus Townsend Brady
He shrugs his shoulders, opens his eyes, leers, and—there is the complete manufactured article.
- (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.