verb (used without object)
to look with a sideways or oblique glance, especially suggestive of lascivious interest or sly and malicious intention:
I can’t concentrate with you leering at me.
a lascivious or sly look.
(intransitive) to give an oblique, sneering, or suggestive look or grin
such a look
“to look obliquely” (now usually implying “with a lustful or malicious intent”), 1520s, probably from Middle English noun ler “cheek,” from Old English hleor “the cheek, the face,” from Proto-Germanic *khleuzas “near the ear,” from *kleuso- “ear,” from PIE root *kleu- “to hear” (see listen). The notion is probably of “looking askance” (cf. figurative development of cheek). Related: Leered; leering.
1590s, from leer (v).
[leer-ee] /ˈlɪər i/ adjective, leerier, leeriest. 1. wary; suspicious (usually followed by of): I’m leery of his financial advice. 2. Archaic. knowing; alert. [leer-ee] /ˈlɪər i/ adjective, leerier, leeriest. 1. 2 . /ˈlɪərɪ/ adjective leerier, leeriest, learier, leariest 1. (mainly dialect) knowing or sly 2. (slang) (foll by of) suspicious or wary 3. (slang) rowdy […]
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[leez-burg] /ˈliz bɜrg/ noun 1. a city in central Florida.
noun 1. a shore toward which the wind blows. Idioms 2. on a lee shore, in difficulty or danger.