leering; leered; leers

A leer is an unpleasant facial expression. A leer means the person doesn't like you, or even worse, does — in a creepy way.

Leer can also be used as a verb, meaning "to look at someone with a suggestive, rude, or contemptuous expression." Your sworn enemy might leer at you whenever you enter a room to express scorn and superiority. Leer derives from the Old English word hleor, meaning "the face or the cheek."

Definitions of leer
  1. verb
    look suggestively or obliquely; look or gaze with a sly, immodest, or malign expression
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    perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards
  2. noun
    a facial expression of contempt or scorn; the upper lip curls
    synonyms: sneer
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    type of:
    contempt, scorn
    open disrespect for a person or thing
  3. noun
    a suggestive or sneering look or grin
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    type of:
    aspect, expression, face, facial expression, look
    the feelings expressed on a person's face
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