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; destitute; wanting
  7. Empty of contents.
  8. Destitute of a rider; and hence, led, not ridden; as, a leer horse.
  9. Wanting sense or seriousness; trifling; trivolous; as, leer words.
  10. An oven in which glassware is annealed.
  11. The cheek.
  12. Complexion; aspect; appearance.
  13. A distorted expression of the face, or an indirect glance of the eye, conveying a sinister or immodest suggestion.
  14. 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.
  15. To entice with a leer, or leers; as, to leer a man to ruin.
  16. A sly, sidelong look of malice, triumph, or evil desire.
  17. To look slyly or with a sidelong look.
  18. A sly, sidelong look.
  19. To look askance: to look archly or obliquely.
  20. An oblique glance.
  21. To look obliquely.
  22. To look with a leer; allure.
  23. A sly, oblique, malicious, or amorous glance.
  24. Leeringly.
  25. A side- long look expressive of different feelings, as contempt, defiance, sly archness, or enticing amorousness.
  26. To glance, at obliquely, or with sly alluring smiles.
  27. To look with a leer.
  28. A peculiar side- long glance or look, usually considered not reputable.

Usage examples for leer

  1. Smallie was standing in front of Lisa with a leer in his eyes. – Tomaso's Fortune and Other Stories by Henry Seton Merriman
  2. " I do not know her name- but," he added, with an offensive leer, " she's worth looking over by gentlemen like you. – The Maids of Paradise by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
  3. He has a squint and a leer, his mouth drops at both sides, he has no forehead, and his straight, combed hair meets his eyebrows- or rather, his left eyebrow, since that one is raised by a cut. – A Diary Without Dates by Enid Bagnold
  4. Without the leer of Rops, Degas is thrice as unpleasant. – Promenades of an Impressionist by James Huneker
  5. It was all so incongruous and remote from the world I lived in that more than once a smile, though a smile of pity, fluttered to my lips; but a glimpse of my face in the mirror showed rather the leer of a grimace. – The Damned by Algernon Blackwood
  6. 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
  7. But the wooden stock was light under the braided leather; she knew that she could not have knocked a grunt out of the tough rascal who barred her way with his insolent leer in his mean squint eyes. – The Rustler of Wind River by G. W. Ogden
  8. 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
  9. The patient looked up with a leer in his eye And winked in the doctor's direction- " Well, Doc," he remarked, " since you say I must die, I'm grateful to you for protection- I'm now in position To ask the commission T' excuse me from serving as judge of election." – Hoosier Lyrics by Eugene Field
  10. " I fancy," he said with a leer, " you'll find that all right." – Red Masquerade by Louis Joseph Vance
  11. " He went with the messenger," repeated Johnson, watching her face with a cruel leer. – Three Thousand Dollars by Anna Katharine Green
  12. 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
  13. " Yes," was the cautious reply, given, however, with a leer he found not altogether pleasant. – Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green
  14. Leer, empty, generally said of hunger. – John Keble's Parishes by Charlotte M Yonge
  15. Ratman glanced up at his host with a leer. – Roger Ingleton, Minor by Talbot Baines Reed
  16. Argo replaced the barrage, lingered an instant, gazing upward at us with his habitual leer. – Tarrano the Conqueror by Raymond King Cummings
  17. 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
  18. He turned then to me with a leer. – Explorers of the Dawn by Mazo de la Roche
  19. " Beg pardon, sir, didn't see," he said, with a smile and a leer. – The Parson O' Dumford by George Manville Fenn
  20. 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