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leer

verb \ ˈlir \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of leer

intransitive verb
: to cast a sidelong glance; especially : to give a leer
  • Some female employees complained that they were being leered at by male employees.

leeringly

play \ˈlir-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of leer in a Sentence

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

  2. He gave her a leering look.

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Origin and Etymology of leer

probably from obsolete leer cheek


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leer

noun

Definition of leer

: a lascivious, knowing, or wanton look

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Origin and Etymology of leer

see 1leer


LEER Defined for English Language Learners

leer

verb

Definition of leer for English Language Learners

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


LEER Defined for Kids

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leer

verb \ ˈlir \

Definition of leer for Students

leered; leering
: to look with an unpleasant, mean, or eager glance

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leer

noun

Definition of leer for Students

: an unpleasant, mean, or eager glance


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