Main definitions of lair in English

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lair1

Pronunciation /ler/ /lɛr/

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noun

  • 1A place where a wild animal, especially a fierce or dangerous one, lives.

    ‘he saw that his dogs had roused a wild boar from its lair’
    • ‘the hero goes off to find the dragon's lair’
    • ‘He would build his own dens from what was available or send his female accomplice out to look for empty animal lairs.’
    • ‘There he saw that his dogs had roused a wild boar from its lair, and he set off on a chase.’
    • ‘We aren't too deep in the forest, and more often than not, the wild beasts do not come this far out from their lairs and dens.’
    • ‘If she hesitates, the male again pops in and out of his lair until she is finally tempted inside.’
    • ‘So dark would it be that the birds would return to their nests, while nocturnal animals would emerge from their lairs.’
    • ‘A musky smell hangs in the air-not unpleasant, but more suggestive of a mammal's lair than a bird's nest.’
    • ‘Trips to refuges like Montezuma or Jamaica Bay are revelatory, but ultimately, we're trespassers, traipsing callously through the beasts' lairs.’
    • ‘Wild beasts from the surrounding forests used it as their lair.’
    • ‘Rabbits and foxes took to their burrows and lairs and were killed.’
    • ‘Bilbo enters the dragon's lair, and steals a golden cup for them.’
    den, burrow, hole, lie, covert, tunnel, dugout, hollow, cave, haunt
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    1. 1.1A secret or private place in which a person, especially a criminal or enemy, takes refuge.
      ‘he led the police to the criminals' lair’
      • ‘a group of adventurers stormed into his mountain lair and killed him’
      • ‘She retreats upward, seeking the seclusion of her rooftop lair.’
      • ‘A short gallery of sketches shows off Jun's sense of fashion; another sketch gallery includes production art for villains, secret lairs, and gadgets galore.’
      • ‘Two of Gordon's enemies plot his downfall from their secret lair.’
      • ‘They must have taken her to the secret lair of the scientists.’
      • ‘We have actually managed to interview him from deep in his secret lair somewhere along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.’
      • ‘At his secret lair, Moltar watched over all the participants.’
      • ‘Doug built a lair, with a secret hidden entrance that only he knew of but his father told him to put all the cushions back on the sofa and chairs properly when he got home from work that evening.’
      • ‘Sophia gathered that this place was not his home, but his lair, his secret study.’
      • ‘She hid the mirror in her secret lair, a storage room located in the chateau's basement.’
      • ‘These are the men and women who remain on the job long after the special forces have made their largely useless swoops and patrols, and who remain on the firing line when the criminals return from their lairs.’
      • ‘Her eyes studied more clues that let her to piece together that this was indeed the lair of the criminal they were looking for.’
      • ‘The film also recalls the elaborate assassination methods, secret passages and underground lairs that were typical of Rohmer's contemporary Edgar Wallace, who inspired the then popular series of Krimi films in Germany.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, in a dark part of Earth, in his secret lair deep in the Bermuda triangle, a menace by the name of Hordas was plotting to take over the World.’
      • ‘Xavier runs a school for ‘gifted’ (read mutant) children that hides the almost mandatory secret superhero lair.’
      • ‘Then it's onwards and upwards to the treetop scramble, with its rope ladders, wooden bridges and hidden routes to the little dragons' amazing secret tree-top lair.’
      • ‘I am going to lure those fools into my top secret lair!’
      • ‘What if they use these results to start building nuclear weapons in a secret, underground, mountain lair?’
      • ‘About two minutes later he returned with two doctors from his secret lair.’
      • ‘They would have no compunction about silencing a fellow countryman who'd discovered their hidden lair.’
      • ‘And in a hidden lair somewhere, no doubt, Ron " The Wizard " Perelman plots his revenge.’
      hideaway, hiding place, hideout, refuge, sanctuary, haven, cache, shelter, retreat
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  • 2Scottish A burial plot in a graveyard.

    • ‘their ashes now lie buried in a lair in the Glasgow necropolis’

Origin

Old English leger ‘resting place, bed’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch leger ‘bed, camp’ and German Lager ‘storehouse’, also to lie. Compare with laager, lager.

Main definitions of lair in English

: lair1lair2

lair2

Pronunciation /ler/ /lɛr/

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noun

informal Australian, New Zealand
  • A flashily dressed man who enjoys showing off.

intransitive verb

[no object]informal Australian, New Zealand
  • Dress or behave in a flashy manner.

    • ‘some of us laired up in Assam silk suits’

Origin

1930s back-formation from lairy.