leered


verb (used without object)

  1. to look with a sideways or oblique glance, especially suggestive of lascivious interest or sly and malicious intention: I can’t concentrate with you leering at me.

noun

  1. a lascivious or sly look.

verb

  1. (intr) to give an oblique, sneering, or suggestive look or grin

noun

  1. such a look

n.1590s, from leer (v). v.“to look obliquely” (now usually implying “with a lustful or malicious intent”), 1520s, probably from Middle English noun ler “cheek,” from Old English hleor “the cheek, the face,” from Proto-Germanic *khleuzas “near the ear,” from *kleuso- “ear,” from PIE root *kleu- “to hear” (see listen). The notion is probably of “looking askance” (cf. figurative development of cheek). Related: Leered; leering.

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