lair
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /lɛə/
  • (America) IPA: /lɛəɹ/
Noun

lair (plural lairs)

  1. A place inhabited by a wild animal, often a cave or a hole in the ground.
  2. A shed or shelter for domestic animals.
  3. (figuratively) A place inhabited by a criminal or criminals, a superhero or a supervillain; a refuge, retreat, haven or hideaway.
    • 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?"
  4. (British dialectal) A bed or resting place.
  5. (Scotland) A grave; a cemetery plot. [from c. 1420]
Synonyms
  • (of an animal) burrow (of some smaller mammals), den (of a lion or tiger), holt (of an otter)
  • (of a criminal) den, hide-out
Translations Translations Verb

lair (lairs, present participle lairing; past and past participle laired)

  1. (Britain) To rest; to dwell.
  2. (Britain) To lay down.
  3. (Britain) To bury.
Noun

lair (plural lairs)

  1. (Scotland) A bog; a mire.
Verb

lair (lairs, present participle lairing; past and past participle laired)

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

lair (plural lairs)

  1. (Australia, NZ, colloquial) A person who dresses in a showy but tasteless manner and behaves in a vulgar and conceited way; a show-off.

Lair
Proper noun
  1. Surname



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