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


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laired; lairing; lairs

transitive verb

chiefly Scotland : to cause to sink in mire

intransitive verb

chiefly Scotland : wallow

Example Sentences

Noun tracking the bear back to its lair She runs the project from her private lair in the suburbs.
Recent Examples on the Web
In the trailer for the new ten-episode series, victims are tortured in a serial killer’s cliché lair. Vulture, 4 Nov. 2022 Production designer Chris Trujillo created his eerie lair. Partner Content, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Dec. 2022 As did John Iacovelli’s set, which on one end lays out the theater’s administrative office in all its shabby clutter and on the other the domestic lair of Monica, whose true home is her shoestring nonprofit venue. Charles Mcnultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2022 This is a song that, sonically, begins in the basement, and then digs down even deeper, down into a subterranean lair of its own making. Johnny Loftus,, 14 Dec. 2022 Midway through the third hunting season of Winchester’s career, the three of us were up near the lair of an old mountain goat, amid the jagged pieces of treacherous shale that had consistently solicited blood from one or all of us. Steve Meyer | Alaska Outdoors, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Dec. 2022 And if your trauma monster is literal, like Rose’s is, soaking its lair in kerosene and setting it on fire is an acceptable substitution for writing a letter to your younger self. Katie Rife, Vulture, 5 Oct. 2022 The lair of an antlion looks like nothing more than a pit from above. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 26 Mar. 2019 The name honors its roots: For many years, the cocktail lair sold wigs, not hair of the dog. Kara Baskin,, 6 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History



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


Scots lair mire

First Known Use


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


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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“Lair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


: the den or resting place of a wild animal

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