Meaning of lairy in English:


Pronunciation /ˈlɛːri/

adjectiveadjective lairier, adjective lairiest

informal British
  • 1Cunning or conceited.

    • ‘you think you know the lot—everything about you is lairy’
    • ‘Like Lads - the real inheritors of the hippie legacy - Emin's bleary, blurry, beery, leery, lairy anti-sensualist sensibility is an advert for the vacuity of her own preferences.’
    • ‘The hero of Ken Loach's new film is Liam, a lairy young lad a few weeks shy of his 16th birthday, caught with his friend Pinball selling contraband fags in a pub, without reference to HM customs and excise.’
    • ‘Bringing a set of darts to an interview could be viewed as a warning to lairy journalists to mind their manners, but not with Meadows.’
    • ‘‘Whenever your ready, Mr. Glendenning,’ writes Lisa Napoles in Chicago, who'd be better served learning how to use an apostrophe than trying to get smart and lairy with me.’
  • 2Ostentatiously attractive; flashy.

    • ‘there are some lairy details like the huge boot spoiler and white alloy wheels’
    • ‘It wasn't dinner at The Ivy, it was very, very lairy.’
    • ‘The contortionist woman was probably the most fun; lairy as hell with the best ‘orgasm face’ I've ever seen.’
    • ‘His stark garage tunes - inflected by house and hip hop - celebrated late-night, low rent Britain in all its lairy glory.’
    • ‘This time, BMW seems to be aiming at 3-series customers who shy away from the larger cars and their lairy image.’
    • ‘A woman in a lairy teeshirt shoves a half-pack of love hearts at me with an ad for the next round of celebrity reality tv.’
    • ‘Oh, and the lairy shirt I bought to wear to my leaving do from my last job, in 1998.’
    • ‘While most of the characters wore smart, tailored suits, made from authentic Sixties material, Shaun, who plays lecturer Lenny, had to make do with a lairy polyester shirt, full of static electricity.’
    • ‘If I didn't want to do something, if I didn't want to be flash on the golf course with a lairy shirt, I wasn't going to do it for anything.’
    • ‘Vice City sees you in the role of Tommy Vercetti, just released from prison in a lairy Hawaiian shirt and rolled-up jeans.’
    • ‘And next time you're pulling out to decimate a 1 Series BMW with a lairy bodykit, just remember to check the plates.’
  • 3Aggressive or rowdy.

    • ‘a couple of lairy people pushed me around’
    • ‘‘We would move if you push down,’ said one lairy fellow, ‘But nobody's pushing, so we'll stay where we are.’’
    • ‘If Micheál Martin (who's on a bit of a personal crusade against fags) had successfully implemented his ban, would this hung over and rather lairy crew have forsaken their twenty packs?’
    • ‘This eruption of checkerboard shirts and big-buckle jeans can reach a point of critical mass, where the whole thing has to explode onto the streets, in a lairy mess of half learned rebel songs and broken glass.’
    • ‘A lot of the things one might expect, to be fair, might include anti-social and lairy behaviour but quite apart from that, one would, at the moment expect the bearer of the lag to have a passing interest in football.’
    • ‘It was produced by scary, hairy, lairy Martin Hannett and as a whole the songs drunkenly fall and clatter with wild abandon.’
    • ‘I tried to reach him on Saturday, with the three million texts and phonecalls which are the trademark of my breed of lairy neurotic woman, but he wasn't having it.’
    • ‘He was drunk and lairy, red-faced and petulant.’
    • ‘But, as befits the actor whose screen character is a smart but lairy chancer who finds himself out of his depth, Conlon is a bit bemused at his rising reputation.’
    • ‘As the party progressed and alcohol flowed, conversation got lairy: at one point a girl there suggested that everyone should question me about sex tips.’
    • ‘Yesterday in Brixton Sainsbury's I queued in front of two drunken deafs who opened their beers while they were waiting and were amusingly lairy.’
    • ‘I may be a lairy bint but underneath it all, I'm still British.’
    • ‘It's not so much that they are lairy or rude or stare at people, they just tend to be a bit loud when hammered and some people tend to take exception to that.’
    • ‘They were drunk and lairy and in a group and started singing and shouting without concern for any other passengers' feelings.’
    • ‘They crowd around Burger King drinking alcopops and being generally lairy.’
    • ‘He was a bit of a joker, a bit loud and lairy at times but he quietened down once he got into his religion.’
    • ‘A spokesman on Newsnight said the Sikh community had been demonstrating peacefully for a week and then, on Saturday night, young Sikhs who didn't wear turbans came out of the pub and decided to get lairy.’


Mid 19th century (originally Cockney slang): alteration of leery. Sense 2 was originally Australian slang and dates from the early 20th century.