Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

leer

play
verb \ˈlir\

Simple Definition of leer

  • : to look at someone in an evil or unpleasantly sexual way

Full Definition of leer

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to cast a sidelong glance; especially :  to give a leer

leer·ing·ly play \-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of leer

  1. She complained that some disgusting man was leering at her.

  2. He gave her a leering look.



Origin of leer

probably from obsolete leer cheek


First Known Use: 1530


2

leer

noun

Definition of leer

  1. :  a lascivious, knowing, or wanton look



1598

First Known Use of leer

1598


LEER Defined for Kids

1

leer

play
verb \ˈlir\

Definition of leer

leeredleer·ing

  1. :  to look with an unpleasant, mean, or eager glance




2

leer

play
noun

Definition of leer

  1. :  an unpleasant, mean, or eager glance





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up leer? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 8, 2016

to clear from accusation or blame

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

duvet spindrift pince-nez kittly-benders
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ