lairs

lair

1 [lair]
noun
1.
a den or resting place of a wild animal: The cougar retired to its lair.
2.
a secluded or hidden place, especially a secret retreat or base of operations; a hideout or hideaway: a pirate's lair.
3.
British. a place in which to lie or rest; a bed.
verb (used with object)
4.
to place in a lair.
5.
to serve as a lair for.
verb (used without object)
6.
to go to, lie in, or have a lair.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English leir, Old English leger; cognate with Dutch, Old High German leger bed, camp; akin to lie2

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lair

2 [lair]
noun
1.
British Dialect. mud; mire.
verb (used without object)
2.
Scot. to sink or stick in mud or mire.

Origin:
1250–1300; v. use of Middle English lair clay, mire < Old Norse leir clay, loam

lair

3 [lair]
noun Chiefly Scot.
lore; learning.

Origin:
Middle English (north and Scots) lare, Old English lār lore

lair

4 [lair]
noun Australian Informal.
a man who dresses garishly and is crude or vulgar; showoff.

Origin:
1930–35; back formation from lairy

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lair1 (lɛə)
 
n
1.  the resting place of a wild animal
2.  informal a place of seclusion or hiding
3.  an enclosure or shed for farm animals
4.  (Scot) the ground for a grave in a cemetery
 
vb
5.  (intr) (esp of a wild animal) to retreat to or rest in a lair
6.  (tr) to drive or place (an animal) in a lair
 
[Old English leger; related to lie² and Old High German leger bed]

lair2 (ler)
 
n, —vb
a Scot word for mire
 
[from Old Norse leir mud]

lair3 (lɛə)
 
n
1.  a flashy man who shows off
 
vb
2.  (intr; foll by up or around) to behave or dress like a lair
 
[perhaps from leer]

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Word Origin & History

lair
O.E. leger "bed, couch, grave, act or place of lying down," from P.Gmc. *legran (cf. O.N. legr, O.Fris. legor, O.H.G. legar, Ger. Lager, Goth. ligrs "place of lying"), from *leg-, the root of lie (q.v.). Meaning "animal's den" is from c.1420.
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