Main definitions of leer in English

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intransitive verb

[no object]
  • Look or gaze in an unpleasant, malicious, or lascivious way.

    ‘bystanders were leering at the nude painting’
    • ‘He leered at me, and grinned through a veritable jungle of bad facial hair.’
    • ‘A group of men were standing on the balcony, leering at girls and making inappropriate comments.’
    • ‘He stared down at her and leered, his eyes filled with madness and lust.’
    • ‘He shot up and saw the trespasser leering at him through the pane.’
    • ‘Lil is standing at the counter waiting to order, and in the background Paul is leering at her from the table he is sharing with David.’
    • ‘Nikolas handed him money and stared as the old man leered at Dawn.’
    • ‘A drunk strange woman in the street leered at me, shouting, ‘What have you got there?’’
    • ‘I looked up and saw the face of my coach, leering at me.’
    • ‘He turned slowly, expecting to see a legion of angry mermen leering down at him from behind pointed spears.’
    • ‘The assassin possessively slid an arm around the woman when he noted a few men were eyeing the pair, many openly leering at Nicole.’
    • ‘I know she wasn't actually leering at me, in particular, but that's how it seemed.’
    • ‘She stood with her hands braced firmly on her hips, leering into the trees.’
    • ‘Wishing to keep her attention away from the man who was leering at her, Edmund struck up a conversation.’
    • ‘The male models eyed them appreciatively, but to Aimée it looked like they were leering at her.’
    • ‘Kayla lifted her head from its comfortable position on Landon's body to find Todd leering at her.’
    • ‘The walk was good and enjoyable even though she noticed the men leering at her as she turned down one of the back alleys.’
    • ‘He whirled around to find an impossibly tall, cloaked figure leering ominously at them.’
    • ‘He stood there a while, leering drunkenly, until the woman noticed him and let loose a scream.’
    • ‘The other girl just shrugged and came a little closer, leering oddly at Kathleen.’
    ogle, look lasciviously, look suggestively, give sly looks to, eye, watch, stare, goggle
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Pronunciation

leer

/lir/ /lɪr/

noun

  • An unpleasant, malicious, or lascivious look.

    ‘he gave me a sly leer’
    • ‘The group relaxed, and Jake grinned his wolflike leer again as he lined up his next shot.’
    • ‘He lit a cigarette and took a swig of the alcohol and grinned at me, a grin that was rapidly becoming a leer.’
    • ‘He gives them with a sinister look or two with a leer on his face.’
    • ‘He caught up to her, his face eased into its usual expression, which was something between a smirk and a leer.’
    • ‘He's still staring at me avidly - it's almost a leer - and he's not an attractive sight.’
    • ‘She grinned - it was more of a snarling leer - and shook her head a bit, drawing a crossbow from the packs on her stallion's rump.’
    • ‘Kyle got up, and looked at Ginger with an unpleasant leer.’
    • ‘‘It was nice seeing you two,’ he said, glancing over at Keenan whose lips were curled in a sly leer.’
    • ‘It wasn't even a smile; it was more like a leer.’
    • ‘With assured grins and malicious leers they crept in toward us.’
    • ‘Depicting three figures or portraits on each treated in typical Dumas style, the effect was at once awesome and intimately unsettling as noses melt into eyes and smiles become leers.’
    • ‘But, said the leader of the environment committee with a smile that looked like a leer, nothing more could be done without a planning Inquiry and we would, of course, be allowed to make our objections then.’
    • ‘The contrast between the lascivious leers of the Duke who anticipates his prize, and the heartbroken, genuine love of Christian, underscores magnificently the tragedy of Satine's death.’
    • ‘All I could see was her smirk in my mind, the ever-present leer that had come to mean so much for me.’
    lecherous look, lascivious look, suggestive look, ogle, sly glance, stare
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Pronunciation

leer

/lir/ /lɪr/

Origin

Mid 16th century (in the general sense ‘look sideways or askance’): perhaps from obsolete leer ‘cheek’, from Old English hlēor, as though the sense were ‘to glance over one's cheek’.

Main definitions of leer in English

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leer2

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noun

variant spelling of lehr