lair

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English leġer (couch, bed), from Proto-Germanic *legrą, from Proto-Indo-European *legʰ-.

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Noun[edit]

lair (plural lairs)

  1. A place inhabited by a wild animal, often a cave or a hole in the ground.
  2. (figuratively) A place inhabited by a criminal or criminals, a superhero or a supervillain.
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula Chapter 21
      ...Van Helsing stood up and said, "Now, my dear friends, we go forth to our terrible enterprise. Are we all armed, as we were on that night when first we visited our enemy's lair. Armed against ghostly as well as carnal attack?"

Synonyms[edit]

  • (of an animal): burrow (of some smaller mammals), den (of a lion or tiger)
  • (of a criminal): den, hide-out

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Verb[edit]

lair (third-person singular simple present lairs, present participle lairing, simple past and past participle laired)

  1. (transitive, Scotland) To mire.
  2. (intransitive, Scotland) To become mired.

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Manx[edit]

Noun[edit]

lair f

  1. Alternative form of laair

Scots[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

lair (plural lairs)

  1. lore

"Ower mony a fair-farrant an rare beuk o precious lair" (second verse of "The Raven" translated into Scots).