lair


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lair

 (lâr)
n.
1. The den or dwelling of a wild animal.
2. A den or hideaway.
3. Obsolete A resting place; a couch.

[Middle English, from Old English leger; see legh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

lair

(lɛə)
n
1. (Zoology) the resting place of a wild animal
2. informal a place of seclusion or hiding
3. (Agriculture) an enclosure or shed for farm animals
4. Scot the ground for a grave in a cemetery
vb
5. (Zoology) (intr) (esp of a wild animal) to retreat to or rest in a lair
6. (Zoology) (tr) to drive or place (an animal) in a lair
[Old English leger; related to lie2 and Old High German leger bed]

lair

(ler)
n, vb
(Physical Geography) a Scot word for mire
[from Old Norse leir mud]

lair

(lɛə)
n
a flashy man who shows off
vb
(intr; foll by up or around) to behave or dress like a lair
[perhaps from leer]

lair

(lɛər)

n.
1. a den or resting place of a wild animal.
2. a secret retreat or base of operations; hideout: a pirate's lair.
[before 900; Middle English leir, Old English leger bed, c. Old Saxon legar, Gothic ligrs bed, Old High German leger bed, camp]

lair

- First meant "grave, tomb," or "place where one sleeps."
See also related terms for tomb.

lair


Past participle: laired
Gerund: lairing

Imperative
lair
lair
Present
I lair
you lair
he/she/it lairs
we lair
you lair
they lair
Preterite
I laired
you laired
he/she/it laired
we laired
you laired
they laired
Present Continuous
I am lairing
you are lairing
he/she/it is lairing
we are lairing
you are lairing
they are lairing
Present Perfect
I have laired
you have laired
he/she/it has laired
we have laired
you have laired
they have laired
Past Continuous
I was lairing
you were lairing
he/she/it was lairing
we were lairing
you were lairing
they were lairing
Past Perfect
I had laired
you had laired
he/she/it had laired
we had laired
you had laired
they had laired
Future
I will lair
you will lair
he/she/it will lair
we will lair
you will lair
they will lair
Future Perfect
I will have laired
you will have laired
he/she/it will have laired
we will have laired
you will have laired
they will have laired
Future Continuous
I will be lairing
you will be lairing
he/she/it will be lairing
we will be lairing
you will be lairing
they will be lairing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been lairing
you have been lairing
he/she/it has been lairing
we have been lairing
you have been lairing
they have been lairing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been lairing
you will have been lairing
he/she/it will have been lairing
we will have been lairing
you will have been lairing
they will have been lairing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been lairing
you had been lairing
he/she/it had been lairing
we had been lairing
you had been lairing
they had been lairing
Conditional
I would lair
you would lair
he/she/it would lair
we would lair
you would lair
they would lair
Past Conditional
I would have laired
you would have laired
he/she/it would have laired
we would have laired
you would have laired
they would have laired
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lair - the habitation of wild animalslair - the habitation of wild animals  
habitation - the native habitat or home of an animal or plant

lair

noun
1. nest, den, hole, burrow, resting place a fox's lair
2. hide-out (Informal) retreat, refuge, den, sanctuary The village was once a pirate's lair.

lair

noun
1. A place used as an animal's dwelling:
2. A hiding place:
Translations
مأوى، عَرين
brlohdoupě
hule
pesäpiilopiilopaikka
búvóhelyodú
bæli, greni
irštva
alamidzenis
brlog

lair

[lɛəʳ] Nguarida f, cubil m

lair

[ˈlɛər] ntanière f

lair

nLager nt; (= cave)Höhle f; (= den)Bau m

lair

[lɛəʳ] n (of animal) → tana, covo; (of thieves) → covo

lair

(leə) noun
the den of a wild beast. The bear had its lair among the rocks at the top of the valley.
References in classic literature ?
The beast, with lashing tail, stood over an Indian upon whom it seemed to have sprung from some lair, beating the unfortunate man to the ground.
In an instant the whole camp was in motion; the meanest soldier arousing from his lair to witness the departure of his comrades, and to share in the excitement and incidents of the hour.
Would any man in his senses have trapped a wild thing in its lair, and left its young behind to die?
The Lion lies in his lair in the perpendicular face of a low cliff--for he is carved from the living rock of the cliff.
She was intent on her work, in which her whole thoughts seemed absorbed: on her hard forehead, and in her commonplace features, was nothing either of the paleness or desperation one would have expected to see marking the countenance of a woman who had attempted murder, and whose intended victim had followed her last night to her lair, and(as I believed), charged her with the crime she wished to perpetrate.
whispered the little wretch, rousing a half- bred bull-dog from its lair in a corner.
At such a time I found out for certain, that this bleak place overgrown with nettles was the churchyard; and that Philip Pirrip, late of this parish, and also Georgiana wife of the above, were dead and buried; and that Alexander, Bartholomew, Abraham, Tobias, and Roger, infant children of the aforesaid, were also dead and buried; and that the dark flat wilderness beyond the churchyard, intersected with dykes and mounds and gates, with scattered cattle feeding on it, was the marshes; and that the low leaden line beyond, was the river; and that the distant savage lair from which the wind was rushing, was the sea; and that the small bundle of shivers growing afraid of it all and beginning to cry, was Pip.
No man may take young lions from their lair and live.
Base unbeliever,'' answered one of his guards, ``when thou hast seen thy lair, thou wilt not wish thy daughter to partake it.
The goatherd told him, as he had told him before, that there was no knowing of a certainty where his lair was; but that if he wandered about much in that neighbourhood he could not fail to fall in with him either in or out of his senses.
He was a demon of the forest--a fearsome god of evil whom they had offended, and who had come out of his lair deep in the jungle to punish them.
Pain and misery turned in John's limbs to a harrowing impatience and blind desire of change; now he would roll in his harsh lair, and when the flints abraded him, was almost pleased; now he would crawl to the edge of the huge pit and look dizzily down.