Adjective "leering" definition and examples

(Leering may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/lɪə/

Definitions and examples

verb

Look or gaze in a lascivious or unpleasant way.
  1. 'every leering eye in the room was on her'
  2. 'A group of men were standing on the balcony, leering at girls and making inappropriate comments.'
  3. 'He whirled around to find an impossibly tall, cloaked figure leering ominously at them.'
  4. 'He shot up and saw the trespasser leering at him through the pane.'
  5. 'The other girl just shrugged and came a little closer, leering oddly at Kathleen.'
  6. 'I know she wasn't actually leering at me, in particular, but that's how it seemed.'
  7. 'She stood with her hands braced firmly on her hips, leering into the trees.'
  8. 'Wishing to keep her attention away from the man who was leering at her, Edmund struck up a conversation.'
  9. 'The walk was good and enjoyable even though she noticed the men leering at her as she turned down one of the back alleys.'
  10. 'Maybe older guys wouldn't be leering at the girls all the time if the girls actually looked their age.'
  11. 'Lil is standing at the counter waiting to order, and in the background Paul is leering at her from the table he is sharing with David.'

noun

A lascivious or unpleasant look.
  1. 'It wasn't even a smile; it was more like a leer.'
  2. 'All I could see was her smirk in my mind, the ever-present leer that had come to mean so much for me.'
  3. 'He gives them with a sinister look or two with a leer on his face.'
  4. 'She grinned - it was more of a snarling leer - and shook her head a bit, drawing a crossbow from the packs on her stallion's rump.'
  5. 'He caught up to her, his face eased into its usual expression, which was something between a smirk and a leer.'
  6. 'Depicting three figures or portraits on each treated in typical Dumas style, the effect was at once awesome and intimately unsettling as noses melt into eyes and smiles become leers.'
  7. 'The contrast between the lascivious leers of the Duke who anticipates his prize, and the heartbroken, genuine love of Christian, underscores magnificently the tragedy of Satine's death.'

noun

    More definitions

    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

    2. a lascivious or sly look.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "faces can be leering."

    "lips can be leering."

    "grins can be leering."

    "triumphs can be leering."

    "presses can be leering."

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    Origin

    (leer)Mid 16th century (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’.