Definition of leer verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

leer

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//lɪə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//lɪr//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they leer
BrE BrE//lɪə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//lɪr//
 
he / she / it leers
BrE BrE//lɪəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//lɪrz//
 
past simple leered
BrE BrE//lɪəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//lɪrd//
 
past participle leered
BrE BrE//lɪəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//lɪrd//
 
-ing form leering
BrE BrE//ˈlɪərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪrɪŋ//
 
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[intransitive] leer (at somebody) to look or smile at somebody in an unpleasant way that shows an evil or sexual interest in them Wordfinderbeam, expression, frown, grimace, grin, leer, scowl, smirk, sneer, wince See related entries: Facial expressions Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the general sense ‘look sideways or askance’): perhaps from obsolete leer ‘cheek’, from Old English hlēor, as though the sense were ‘to glance over one's cheek’.
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