Definitions of leer

  1. look suggestively or obliquely; look or gaze with a sly, immodest, or malign expression; " They leer, they simper at her shame": Gay
  2. a suggestive or sneering look or grin
  3. a facial expression of contempt or scorn; the upper lip curls
  4. look suggestively or obliquely; look or gaze with a sly, immodest, or malign expression; " The men leered at the young women on the beach"
  5. To learn.
  6. Empty of contents.
  7. Destitute of a rider; and hence, led, not ridden; as, a leer horse.
  8. Wanting sense or seriousness; trifling; trivolous; as, leer words.
  9. An oven in which glassware is annealed.
  10. The cheek.
  11. Complexion; aspect; appearance.
  12. A distorted expression of the face, or an indirect glance of the eye, conveying a sinister or immodest suggestion.
  13. 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.
  14. To entice with a leer, or leers; as, to leer a man to ruin.
  15. A sly, sidelong look of malice, triumph, or evil desire.
  16. To look slyly or with a sidelong look.
  17. A sly, sidelong look.
  18. To look askance: to look archly or obliquely.
  19. An oblique glance.
  20. To look obliquely.
  21. To look with a leer; allure.
  22. A sly, oblique, malicious, or amorous glance.
  23. Leeringly.
  24. A side- long look expressive of different feelings, as contempt, defiance, sly archness, or enticing amorousness.
  25. To glance, at obliquely, or with sly alluring smiles.
  26. To look with a leer.
  27. A peculiar side- long glance or look, usually considered not reputable.

Usage examples for leer

  1. With swollen bodies, thin limbs, and stooping forms; with a childish, yet cunning, leer on their faces, they crouched over the fire, spreading their hands toward its genial warmth, and all shrieking at once, Tabac! – Louis Agassiz: His Life and Correspondence by Louis Agassiz
  2. We had a long and tedious ride, through deep sand, to Leer. – Memoir and Diary of John Yeardley, Minister of the Gospel by John Yeardley
  3. Argo replaced the barrage, lingered an instant, gazing upward at us with his habitual leer. – Tarrano the Conqueror by Raymond King Cummings
  4. Ah, said Falk, with a leer at Kipping who was smiling quietly, the long- boat and a fair allowance of water and bread! – The Mutineers by Charles Boardman Hawes
  5. Say, now, he said, with an unpleasant confidential leer, weren't you surprised to see us come back- eh? – The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. He seemed to calm abruptly after this, put up his pistol, and resumed the wicked leer. – Fort Lafayette or, Love and Secession by Benjamin Wood
  7. Without the leer of Rops, Degas is thrice as unpleasant. – Promenades of an Impressionist by James Huneker
  8. He turned then to me with a leer. – Explorers of the Dawn by Mazo de la Roche
  9. " Beg pardon, sir, didn't see," he said, with a smile and a leer. – The Parson O' Dumford by George Manville Fenn