Last modified on 20 August 2014, at 23:11
See also: Leer and lêer

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Exact development uncertain, but apparently from *leer (to make a face), from leer (face). See below.

VerbEdit

leer (third-person singular simple present leers, present participle leering, simple past and past participle leered)

  1. (intransitive) To look sideways or obliquely; now especially with sexual desire or malicious intent.
  2. (transitive) To entice with a leer or leers.
    • (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
      To gild a face with smiles; and leer a man to ruin.
TranslationsEdit

NounEdit

leer (plural leers)

  1. A significant side glance; a glance expressive of some passion, as malignity, amorousness, etc.; a sly or lecherous look.
  2. An arch or affected glance or cast of countenance.
TranslationsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English ler, leor (face, cheek), from Old English hlēor (face, cheek, profile), from Proto-Germanic *hleuzą (ear, cheek), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱlews- (temple of the forehead, cheek), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱlewe-, *ḱlew- (to hear). Cognate with Scots lire, lere (face, appearance, complexion, blee), Dutch lier (cheek), Swedish lyra (pout), Norwegian lia (hillside), Icelandic hlýr (the face, cheek, countenance). Related to Old English hlyst (sense of hearing, listening) and hlysnan (to listen). More at list, listen.

Alternative formsEdit

NounEdit

leer (plural leers)

  1. (obsolete) The cheek.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Holinshed to this entry?)
  2. (obsolete) The face.
  3. (obsolete) One's appearance; countenance.
    • Shakespeare
      a Rosalind of a better leer than you
  4. (obsolete) Complexion; hue; blee; colour.
  5. (obsolete) Flesh; skin.
  6. (UK dialectal) The flank or loin.

AnagramsEdit

Etymology 3Edit

From Middle English lere, from Old English ġelǣre, *lǣre (empty, void, empty-handed), from Proto-Germanic *lēziz, *lēzijaz (empty), from Proto-Indo-European *les- (to collect, pick). Cognate with Dutch laar (a clearing in the woods), German leer (empty). Related to Old English lesan (to gather, collect). More at lease.

Alternative formsEdit

AdjectiveEdit

leer (comparative more leer, superlative most leer)

  1. Empty; unoccupied; clear.
    a leer stomach
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Gifford to this entry?)
  2. Destitute; lacking; wanting.
  3. Faint from lack of food; hungry.
  4. (UK dialectal) Thin; faint.
  5. Having no load or burden; free; without a rider.
    a leer horse
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry?)
  6. Lacking sense or seriousness; trifling; frivolous.
    leer words

Etymology 4Edit

From Middle English leren, from Old English lǣran (to teach, instruct, guide, enjoin, advise, persuade, urge, preach, hand down), from Proto-Germanic *laizijaną (to teach), from Proto-Indo-European *leis- (track, footprint, furrow, trace). Cognate with Dutch leren (to teach), German lehren (to teach), Swedish lära (to teach). Related to Old English lār (lore, learning, science, art of teaching, preaching, doctrine, study, precept, exhortation, advice, instigation, history, story, cunning ). See lore.

VerbEdit

leer (third-person singular simple present leers, present participle leering, simple past and past participle leered)

  1. (transitive) To teach.
  2. (transitive) To learn.

Etymology 5Edit

See lehr

NounEdit

leer (plural leers)

  1. Alternative form of lehr.

AfrikaansEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Dutch leren.

VerbEdit

leer (present leer, present participle lerende, past participle geleer)

  1. to learn

Etymology 2Edit

From Dutch leer.

NounEdit

leer (plural lere)

  1. (countable) leather
  2. (uncountable) teaching

DanishEdit

NounEdit

leer c

  1. plural indefinite of le

DutchEdit

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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Proto-Germanic *leþrą.

NounEdit

leer n (plural leren, diminutive leertje n)

  1. leather
SynonymsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Old Dutch lēra, from Proto-Germanic *laizō, from *laizijaną. Compare German Lehre, English lore.

NounEdit

leer f, m (plural leren, diminutive leertje n)

  1. teachings
Derived termsEdit

VerbEdit

leer

  1. first-person singular present indicative of leren
  2. imperative of leren

AnagramsEdit


EstonianEdit

NounEdit

leer (genitive leeri, partitive leeri)

  1. camp

DeclensionEdit

This noun needs an inflection-table template.


GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Old High German lāri

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

leer (comparative leerer, superlative am leersten)

  1. empty

DeclensionEdit

VerbEdit

leer

  1. Imperative singular of leeren.
  2. (colloquial)First-person singular present of leeren.

External linksEdit

  • leer in Duden online

NorwegianEdit

VerbEdit

leer

  1. Present tense of lee

RomanschEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin aēr, with the initial 'l' added from a preceding definite article.

NounEdit

leer m

  1. (Sutsilvan) air

SynonymsEdit

  • (Rumantsch Grischun, Sursilvan, Sutsilvan, Surmiran) aria
  • (Puter, Vallader) ajer

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin legere, present active infinitive of legō. Compare English legible.

VerbEdit

leer (first-person singular present leo, first-person singular preterite leí, past participle leído)

  1. to read
    • 1605, Miguel de Cervantes, El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha, Primera parte, Capítulo I
      [] y llegó a tanto su curiosidad y desatino en esto, que vendió muchas hanegas de tierra de sembradura para comprar libros de caballerías en que leer, y, así, llevó a su casa todos cuantos pudo haber dellos.
      [] to such a pitch did his eagerness and infatuation go that he sold many an acre of tillageland to buy books of chivalry to read, and brought home as many of them as he could get.
    Quiero leer el periódico.
    I want to read the newspaper.

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