from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The den or dwelling of a wild animal.
  • n. A den or hideaway.
  • n. Obsolete A resting place; a couch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A place inhabited by a wild animal, often a cave or a hole in the ground.
  • n. A place inhabited by a criminal or criminals, a superhero or a supervillain.
  • v. To mire.
  • v. To become mired.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A place in which to lie or rest; especially, the bed or couch of a wild beast.
  • n. A burying place.
  • n. A pasture; sometimes, food.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To sink when wading in snow, mud, or quagmire.
  • To put or have put in a lair or den.
  • To shelter; hold as in a lair.
  • To lie (on); rest inactively.
  • To enter a lair; lie down (in); lurk.
  • n. A place in which to lie or rest; a bed; a couch: now used only of, or with figurative reference to, the den or resting-place of a wild beast.
  • n. A litter, as of rabbits; a stock.
  • n. An open pasture; a field.
  • n. Aportion of a burying-ground affording space sufficient for one or more graves; a burial-plot.
  • n. A Scotch form of lore.
  • n. Clay; earth.
  • n. Mire; a bog; a quagmire.
  • n. Soil; land; ground: in this sense probably confused with lair, 3.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the habitation of wild animals


Middle English, from Old English leger; see legh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English leġer ("couch, bed"), from Proto-Germanic *legran, from Proto-Indo-European *leǵh-. (Wiktionary)



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