- The definition of a leer is a long glance showing malicious intent.
An example of a leer is a glare at someone right before you steal some of their belongings.
- Leer is defined as to look with a sneaky expression.
An example of leer is to glare at something infuriating.
Origin: from Middle English lere, cheek from Old English hleor: inch(es) sense “look over one's cheek, look askance”
- leeringly adverb
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intransitive verb leered, leer·ing, leers
Origin: Probably from obsolete leer, cheek, from Middle English ler, from Old English hlēor; see kleu- in Indo-European roots.
- leerˈing·ly adverb