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Lair definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

LAIR, n. [L. locus.]
1. A place of rest; the bed or couch of a boar or wild beast.
2. Pasture; the ground.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the habitation of wild animals [syn: lair, den]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English leger; akin to Old High German legar bed, Old English licgan to lie more at lie Date: before 12th century 1. dialect British a resting or sleeping place ; bed 2. a. the resting or living place of a wild animal ; den b. a refuge or place for hiding II. verb Etymology: Scots lair mire Date: circa 1560 transitive verb chiefly Scottish to cause to sink in mire intransitive verb chiefly Scottish wallow

Oxford Reference Dictionary

1. n. & v. --n. 1 a a wild animal's resting-place. b a person's hiding-place; a den (tracked him to his lair). 2 a place where domestic animals lie down. 3 Brit. a shed or enclosure for cattle on the way to market. --v. 1 intr. go to or rest in a lair. 2 tr. place (an animal) in a lair. Derivatives: lairage n. Etymology: OE leger f. Gmc: cf. LIE(1) 2. n. & v. Austral. sl. --n. a youth or man who dresses flashily and shows off. --v.intr. (often foll. by up or dress) behave or dress like a lair. Derivatives: lairy adj. Etymology: lair back-form. f. lairy; lairy alt. f. LEERY

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Lair Lair, n. [OE. leir, AS. leger; akin to D. leger, G. lager couch, lair, OHG. laga?, Goth. ligrs, and to E. lie. See Lie to be prostrate, and cf. Layer, Leaguer.] 1. A place in which to lie or rest; especially, the bed or couch of a wild beast. 2. A burying place. [Scot.] --Jamieson. 3. A pasture; sometimes, food. [Obs.] --Spenser.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(lairs) 1. A lair is a place where a wild animal lives, usually a place which is underground or well-hidden. ...a fox's lair. N-COUNT: usu with poss 2. Someone's lair is the particular room or hiding place that they go to, especially when they want to get away from other people. (INFORMAL) The village was once a pirates' lair. N-COUNT: usu with poss

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Couch (of a beast), resting-place.

Moby Thesaurus

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