Definitions

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

  • n. Archaic The act of lying.
  • n. Archaic A lie; a falsehood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A lie; the act of lying, falsehood.
  • v. Present participle of lease.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of lying; falsehood; a lie or lies.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of gathering; gleaning.
  • n. An armful of hay or corn, such as is leased or gleaned.
  • n. The act of letting or taking on lease.
  • n. The telling of lies; lying; a lie; falsehood; lying report.
  • n. An erroneous form of leashing (in weaving).

Etymologies

Middle English lesing, from Old English lēasung, from lēasian, to lie, from lēas, untrue; see leu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English lesing, leasung, from Old English lēasung ("leasing, lying, false witness, deceit, hypocrisy, artifice, lie, empty talk, frivolity, laxity"), from lēasian ("to lie"), from lēas ("false, faithless, untruthful, deceitful, lax, vain, worthless"). Cognate with Scots lesing ("lying"). More at lease. (Wiktionary)
From lease. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Old Gloucestershire term meaning "picking up the corn left by the reapers &c., called in some counties gleaning".

    May 2, 2011