Leer v. t. To learn. [Obs.] See Lere, to learn.
Leer, a. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Empty; destitute; wanting; as: (a) Empty of contents. “A leer stomach.” --Gifford. (b) Destitute of a rider; and hence, led, not ridden; as, a leer horse. --B. Jonson. (c) Wanting sense or seriousness; trifling; trivolous; as, leer words.
Leer, n. An oven in which glassware is annealed.
1. The cheek. [Obs.]
2. Complexion; aspect; appearance. [Obs.]
A Rosalind of a better leer than you. --Shak.
3. A distorted expression of the face, or an indirect glance of the eye, conveying a sinister or immodest suggestion.
With jealous leer malign
Eyed them askance. --Milton.
She gives the leer of invitation. --Shak.
Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer. --Pope.
Leer, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Leered p. pr. & vb. n. Leering.] 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.
I will leerupon him as a' comes by. --Shak.
The priest, above his book,
Leering at his neighbor's wife. --Tennyson.
Leer, v. t. To entice with a leer, or leers; as, to leer a man to ruin.
n 1: a facial expression of contempt or scorn; the upper lip
curls [syn: sneer]
2: a suggestive or sneering look or grin
v : look suggestively or obliquely; look or gaze with a sly,
immodest, or malign expression; "The men leered at the
young women on the beach"