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English definition of “leer”

leer

verb [I]     /lɪər/ US  /lɪr/ disapproving
(especially of men) to look at someone in a sexually interested way: He was always leering at female members of staff.Sexual attractionAttractiveUsing the eyesEyesight, glasses and lensesThe eye and surrounding areaPerceptive leer     noun [C] a drunken leerSexual attractionAttractiveUsing the eyesEyesight, glasses and lensesThe eye and surrounding areaPerceptive
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