Lair definition

lâr
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(obsolete) A resting place; a couch.
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A den or hideaway.
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The den or dwelling of a wild animal.
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The definition of a lair is a secret, secluded or private place, especially one used by an animal.

A wolf's den is an example of a lair.

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To go to, rest in, or have a lair.
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A place inhabited by a wild animal, often a cave or a hole in the ground.
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(figuratively) A place inhabited by a criminal or criminals, a superhero or a supervillain.
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(intransitive, Scotland) To become mired.
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A bed or resting place of a wild animal; den.
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Any place of refuge or for hiding.
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(Scotland) To mire.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
lair
Plural:
lairs

Origin of lair

  • Middle English from Old English leger legh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English leġer (“couch, bed”), from Proto-Germanic *legrą, from Proto-Indo-European *legʰ-.

    From Wiktionary