Definition of lairy in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈlɛəri

adjective (lairier, lairiest)

British informal
  • 1Cunning or conceited: you think you know the lot—everything about you is lairy
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    • Like Lads - the real inheritors of the hippie legacy - Emin's bleary, blurry, beery, leery, lairy anti-sensualist sensibility is an advert for the vacuity of her own preferences.
    • The hero of Ken Loach's new film is Liam, a lairy young lad a few weeks shy of his 16th birthday, caught with his friend Pinball selling contraband fags in a pub, without reference to HM customs and excise.
    • Bringing a set of darts to an interview could be viewed as a warning to lairy journalists to mind their manners, but not with Meadows.
  • 2Ostentatiously attractive; flashy: there’s some lairy details like the huge boot spoiler and white alloy wheels
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    • It wasn't dinner at The Ivy, it was very, very lairy.
    • The contortionist woman was probably the most fun; lairy as hell with the best ‘orgasm face’ I've ever seen.
    • His stark garage tunes - inflected by house and hip hop - celebrated late-night, low rent Britain in all its lairy glory.
  • 3Aggressive or rowdy: a couple of lairy people pushed me around
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    • ‘We would move if you push down,’ said one lairy fellow, ‘But nobody's pushing, so we'll stay where we are.’
    • If Micheál Martin (who's on a bit of a personal crusade against fags) had successfully implemented his ban, would this hung over and rather lairy crew have forsaken their twenty packs?
    • This eruption of checkerboard shirts and big-buckle jeans can reach a point of critical mass, where the whole thing has to explode onto the streets, in a lairy mess of half learned rebel songs and broken glass.


mid 19th century (originally Cockney slang): alteration of leery. Sense 2 was originally Australian slang and dates from the early 20th century.

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