Main definitions of lair in English

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lair1

noun

  • 1A place where a wild animal lives.

    ‘the badgers carried the food back to their lair’
    • ‘Of 15 seal lairs found from 19 to 31 March, six had collapsed roofs.’
    • ‘Each December and January, rainstorms drench the parched South African landscape and summon African bullfrogs from their subterranean lairs.’
    • ‘We noted one area just south of Misty Island where the snow cover over a large (but uncounted) number of birth lairs and breathing holes was washed away or had collapsed because of the rain.’
    • ‘This is when the fish leave their reef lairs and congregate by the thousands on traditional spawning banks to the seaward side of the reef.’
    • ‘If she hesitates, the male again pops in and out of his lair until she is finally tempted inside.’
    • ‘Dacoits and wild beasts from the surrounding forests used it as their lair.’
    • ‘He would build his own dens from what was available or send his female accomplice out to look for empty animal lairs, sometimes she found them, others times she didn't.’
    • ‘Handfishers then dive down and reach into the underwater lairs, hoping that a monster ‘cat’ will chomp on the proffered bait - the noodler's hand.’
    • ‘As it is an offence to kill or ‘knowingly disturb’ an otter, the developers will now have to construct a replacement holt - an underground lair - for the animals.’
    • ‘Since the world's vegetation was beginning its final decay, and the animals retreating into their lairs, food would be set out for the spirits of the dead, to help tide them over the dark of the year.’
    • ‘There he saw that his dogs had roused a wild boar from its lair, and he set off on a chase.’
    • ‘What a desolation it has become, a lair for wild animals!’
    • ‘Trips to refuges like Montezuma or Jamaica Bay are revelatory, but ultimately, we're trespassers, traipsing callously through the beasts' lairs.’
    • ‘Otters have been spotted on the River Calder, in Dewsbury, after a new holt - a lair - was built to try to encourage them to breed.’
    • ‘We aren't too deep in the forest, and more often than not, the wild beasts do not come this far out from their lairs and dens.’
    • ‘The sites were the lairs of Allosaurus, places to which adults brought food to feed their offspring.’
    • ‘So dark would it be that the birds would return to their nests, while nocturnal animals would emerge from their lairs.’
    • ‘Bilbo enters the dragon's lair, and steals a golden cup for them.’
    • ‘Rabbits and foxes took to their burrows and lairs and were killed.’
    • ‘A musky smell hangs in the air-not unpleasant, but more suggestive of a mammal's lair than a bird's nest.’
    den, burrow, hole, lie, covert, tunnel, dugout, hollow, cave, haunt
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    1. 1.1 A secret or private place in which a person seeks concealment or seclusion.
      ‘he led the police to the criminals' lair’
      • ‘I am going to lure those fools into my top secret lair!’
      • ‘We have actually managed to interview him from deep in his secret lair somewhere along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.’
      • ‘They would have no compunction about silencing a fellow countryman who'd discovered their hidden lair.’
      • ‘At his secret lair, Moltar watched over all the participants.’
      • ‘A short gallery of sketches shows off Jun's sense of fashion; another sketch gallery includes production art for villains, secret lairs, and gadgets galore.’
      • ‘Sophia gathered that this place was not his home, but his lair, his secret study.’
      • ‘She hid the mirror in her secret lair, a storage room located in the chateau's basement.’
      • ‘Two of Gordon's enemies plot his downfall from their secret lair.’
      • ‘They must have taken her to the secret lair of the scientists.’
      • ‘Then it's onwards and upwards to the treetop scramble, with its rope ladders, wooden bridges and hidden routes to the little dragons' amazing secret tree-top lair.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, in a dark part of Earth, in his secret lair deep in the Bermuda triangle, a menace by the name of Hordas was plotting to take over the World.’
      • ‘And in a hidden lair somewhere, no doubt, Ron " The Wizard " Perelman plots his revenge.’
      • ‘Xavier runs a school for ‘gifted’ (read mutant) children that hides the almost mandatory secret superhero lair.’
      • ‘She retreats upward, seeking the seclusion of her rooftop lair.’
      • ‘Her eyes studied more clues that let her to piece together that this was indeed the lair of the criminal they were looking for.’
      • ‘The film also recalls the elaborate assassination methods, secret passages and underground lairs that were typical of Rohmer's contemporary Edgar Wallace, who inspired the then popular series of Krimi films in Germany.’
      • ‘About two minutes later he returned with two doctors from his secret lair.’
      • ‘What if they use these results to start building nuclear weapons in a secret, underground, mountain lair?’
      • ‘These are the men and women who remain on the job long after the special forces have made their largely useless swoops and patrols, and who remain on the firing line when the criminals return from their lairs.’
      • ‘Doug built a lair, with a secret hidden entrance that only he knew of but his father told him to put all the cushions back on the sofa and chairs properly when he got home from work that evening.’
      hideaway, hiding place, hideout, refuge, sanctuary, haven, cache, shelter, retreat
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Origin

Old English leger ‘resting place, bed’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch leger ‘bed, camp’ and German Lager ‘storehouse’, also to lie. Compare with laager, lager, and leaguer.

Pronunciation

lair

/lɛː/

Main definitions of lair in English

: lair1lair2

lair2

noun

Australian, NZ
informal
  • A flashily dressed man who enjoys showing off.

verb

[NO OBJECT]Australian, NZ
informal
  • Dress or behave in a flashy manner.

    ‘some of us laired up in Assam silk suits’

Origin

1930s: back-formation from lairy.

Pronunciation

lair

/lɛː/