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intr.v. leered, leer·ing, leers
To look with a sidelong glance, indicative especially of sexual desire or sly and malicious intent.
A desirous, sly, or knowing look.

[Probably from obsolete leer, cheek, from Middle English ler, from Old English hlēor; see kleu- in Indo-European roots.]

leer′ing·ly adv.
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Adj.1.leering - showing sly or knowing malice in a glance; "she had run in fear of...his evil leering eye"- Amy Lowell
malicious - having the nature of or resulting from malice; "malicious gossip"; "took malicious pleasure in...watching me wince"- Rudyard Kipling
2.leering - (of a glance) sidelong and slyly lascivious; "leering drugstore cowboys"
sexy - marked by or tending to arouse sexual desire or interest; "feeling sexy"; "sexy clothes"; "sexy poses"; "a sexy book"; "sexy jokes"
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References in classic literature ?
Such a waggish leering as lurks in all your horribles!
"I am not a nice-looking old man, my dear, am I?" he said, leering at Isabel with cunning, half-closed eyes.
At the side of the bed, with a bottle of gin on the rickety table between them, sat two hideous leering, painted monsters, wearing the dress of women.