leerest

leer

2 [leer]
adjective British Dialect.
1.
having no burden or load.
2.
faint for lack of food; hungry.

Origin:
before 1050; Middle English lere, Old English gelǣr; cognate with German leer empty

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To leerest
Collins
World English Dictionary
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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature