lair

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noun

1
dialectal British : a resting or sleeping place : bed
2
a
: the resting or living place of a wild animal : den
tracked the bear back to its lair
b
: a refuge or place for hiding
a villain's lair

lair

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verb

laired; lairing; lairs

transitive verb

chiefly Scotland : to cause to sink in mire

intransitive verb

chiefly Scotland : wallow

Examples of lair in a Sentence

Noun tracking the bear back to its lair She runs the project from her private lair in the suburbs.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Kids can also get creative by turning the lower section into a secluded fort or a lair for hide-and-seek. Heather Balogh Rochfort, Parents, 18 May 2024 As Mental Floss reported, the first five buildings were not built properly — instead of demolishing them, they were simply buried as more buildings were built on top of them, providing the Illuminati with a secret underground lair. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, 18 May 2024 The image shows the pair holding wands inside the classic family lair of the Waverly Sub Station in New York. Anthony Robledo, USA TODAY, 15 May 2024 There’s no Lady Liberty awaiting them, but there is rusty, wrecked battleship that is the equivalent of a Bond villain’s lair. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 8 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for lair 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Old English leger; akin to Old High German legar bed, Old English licgan to lie — more at lie

Verb

Scots lair mire

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1560, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of lair was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Lair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lair. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

lair

noun
ˈla(ə)r,
ˈle(ə)r
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: the den or resting place of a wild animal
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