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Meaning of LEER

Pronunciation:  leer

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a suggestive or sneering look or grin
  2. [n]  a facial expression of contempt or scorn; the upper lip curls
  3. [v]  look suggestively or obliquely; look or gaze with a sly, immodest, or malign expression; "They leer, they simper at her shame": Gay
 

LEER is a 4 letter word that starts with L.

 

 Synonyms: sneer
 
 See Also: aspect, contempt, expression, face, facial expression, look, look, scorn

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Leer\ (l[=e]r), v. t.
    To learn. [Obs.] See {Lere}, to learn.
    
    
  2. \Leer\, a. [OE. lere; akin to G. leer, OHG. & OS. l[=a]ri.]
    [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
    Empty; destitute; wanting; as:
    (a) Empty of contents. ``A leer stomach.'' --Gifford.
    (b) Destitute of a rider; and hence, led, not ridden; as, a
        leer horse. --B. Jonson.
    (c) Wanting sense or seriousness; trifling; trivolous; as,
        leer words.
    
    
  3. \Leer\, n.
    An oven in which glassware is annealed.
    
    
  4. \Leer\, n. [OE. lere cheek, face, look, AS. hle['o]r cheek,
    face; akin to OS. hlear, hlior, OD. lier, Icel. hl[=y]r.]
    1. The cheek. [Obs.] --Holinshed.
    
    2. Complexion; aspect; appearance. [Obs.]
    
             A Rosalind of a better leer than you. --Shak.
    
    3. A distorted expression of the face, or an indirect glance
       of the eye, conveying a sinister or immodest suggestion.
    
             With jealous leer malign Eyed them askance.
                                                   --Milton.
    
             She gives the leer of invitation.     --Shak.
    
             Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer.
                                                   --Pope.
    
    
  5. \Leer\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Leered} (l[=e]rd); p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Leering}.]
    To look with a leer; to look askance with a suggestive
    expression, as of hatred, contempt, lust, etc.; to cast a
    sidelong lustful or malign look.
    
          I will leerupon him as a' comes by.      --Shak.
    
          The priest, above his book, Leering at his neighbor's
          wife.                                    --Tennyson.
    
    
  6. \Leer\, v. t.
    To entice with a leer, or leers; as, to leer a man to ruin.
    --Dryden.
    
    
 
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