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[leer] /lɪər/
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
1520-1530
1520-30; perhaps v. use of obsolete leer cheek (Middle English leor, Old English hlēor; cognate with Old Norse hlȳr (plural))
Related forms
leeringly, adverb
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Examples from the web for leering
  • For on the article and without the benefit of his leering delivery, cigar and loping walk, many of them fall flat.
  • And yet that small fiend only sat there leering at me with joy and contempt, and placidly chuckling.
  • Inevitably, people at other tables will start staring and leering at us.
  • If this import is not particularly a pace-setter, it does leave the impression of trying to inform without leering.
  • Instead of leering lt his fall go and tell him of riches that never take wings and fly away.
British Dictionary definitions for leering

leer

/lɪə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to give an oblique, sneering, or suggestive look or grin
noun
2.
such a look
Derived Forms
leering, adjective, noun
leeringly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: perhaps verbal use of obsolete leer cheek, from Old English hlēor
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Word Origin and History for leering

leer

v.

"to look obliquely" (now usually implying "with a lustful or malicious intent"), 1520s, probably from Middle English noun ler "cheek," from Old English hleor "the cheek, the face," from Proto-Germanic *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). Related: Leered; leering.

n.

1590s, from leer (v).

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