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leer

1 [leer]
verb (used without object)
1.
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.
noun
2.
a lascivious or sly look.

Origin:
1520–30; perhaps v. use of obsolete leer cheek (Middle English leor, Old English hlēor; cognate with Old Norse hlȳr (plural))

leeringly, adverb
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leer (lɪə)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to give an oblique, sneering, or suggestive look or grin
 
n
2.  such a look
 
[C16: perhaps verbal use of obsolete leer cheek, from Old English hlēor]
 
'leering
 
adj, —n
 
'leeringly
 
adv

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leer
"to look obliquely" (now usually implying "with a lustful or malicious intent"), 1530, from M.E. noun ler "cheek," from O.E. hleor "the cheek, the face," from P.Gmc. *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). The noun is first attested 1598.
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