leer

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 or rude expression." Dirty old men might leer at every girl who walks by, but another reason to leer is to show scorn, like a dirty look your enemy gives whenever you enter the room.

Definitions of leer
1

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”
Type of:
look
perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards

n a facial expression of contempt or scorn; the upper lip curls

Synonyms:
sneer
Type of:
contempt, scorn
open disrespect for a person or thing

n a suggestive or sneering look or grin

Type of:
aspect, expression, face, facial expression, look
the feelings expressed on a person's face

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