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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Perhaps from leer 'cheek, face' (11-19 centuries), from Old English hleor

leer

verb
     
leer [intransitive]
to look at someone in an unpleasant way that shows that you think they are sexually attractive
leer at
She was sick of old men leering at her.
leer noun [countable]

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