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  • adj. Touchy, aggressive or confrontational, usually while drunk.
  • adj. Vulgar and flashy.
  • adj. Socially unacceptable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Miry.
  • Earthly.


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Thought to be from leery ("knowing, streetwise").


  • Much has been made of the "lairy, middle-aged" Take That fans on tour.

    Farewell and good riddance to Little Britain | Barbara Ellen

  • With his floppy haircut, tight T-shirt and lairy onstage swagger, you get the feeling that if he wasn't onstage he'd be on the lash with his mates, chucking kebabs about in the street, and wolf-whistling at girls.

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  • Whether she manages it or not you'll see for yourself while enjoying plenty of richly funny autobiographical stand-up; Pacquola's got a self-critical, obsessively questioning personality that's a far cry from the lairy Aussie stereotype.

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  • The background noise, a mixture of lairy shouting and R'n'B, is deafening.

    Diary of a separation

  • She was also accompanied by a security detail, in case the locals became unacceptably lairy, and by her unborn son for that voguish thing, in utero slum tourism.

    TV review: Exile and The Secret Millionaire

  • Currently riding high with his lairy clubland anthems – but how can he be in this for the long haul?

    Chilly Gonzales's career clinic

  • This album's lairy gloating is made just about bearable because Tinie is, at heart, a nice guy, who – like his most obvious referent, Kanye West – mentions his mum every few songs.

    Tinie Tempah: Disc-Overy

  • Those were the days of Richard Keys appearing in lairy, coloured suits – mustard or bright red – and former players making a name for themselves as pundits.

    I was there at the birth of Sky Sports – and what a kerfuffle | David James

  • The latest offering from the you-fackin-muppet school of British cinema; Nick Nevern's tack is a fake doco, apparently shot by a middle-class kid for a class assignment, about the lairiest of lairy I'll-nick-anything-me geezers, played by Nevern himself.

    Terry – review

  • But the unconverted are thin on the ground tonight, in an audience that unites surly teenage moshers with their mortal enemies, the lairy geezer who prefers to listen to music on a vast stereo installed in a Honda Civic modified with a carbon spoiler and an enormous exhaust pipe.



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  • ""They were very aggressive, very lairy, looking for trouble, and they got it really," (Robin) Lee told BuzzFeed News. "There was a PCSO and about four police officers, actually about seven of them on the platform, and a couple of them were being lairy and were wanting to antagonise me.""


    July 13, 2015

  • From Joseph L. Flatley, “Beyond lies the wub: a history of dubstep,” The Verge, August 28, 2012 (

    Croydon is a town in South London, an outpost on the way north to London for at least a thousand years. According to Martin Clark, a music journalist, DJ, and musician who goes by the name of Blackdown, the town is "distinct because it’s kind of like its own entity... large and self-contained. It’s quite lairy." It was also home to Big Apple Records, in some ways the epicenter of dubstep in its earliest days, before "dubstep" was even a word.

    Lairy, according to the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary and Thesaurus, means "behaving in a loud, excited manner, especially when you are enjoying yourself or drinking alcohol." In my estimation, when people are especially enthusiastic and taken with intoxication, they’re also willing to put energy into things that aren’t stereotypically productive, such as making music. Let us take a moment to praise the lairy.

    August 29, 2012

  • "Where, we wonder, are the people of Nashville? That's one thing we like about our cities, we agree: there are always people about. They're usually drunk, of course. Drunk and lairy. But that is a good sign."

    Dogma by Lars Iyer, p 20

    June 9, 2012

  • Does that make the place where they hold gatherings of dishonest flashy Australians the lair of the liar lair fair?

    April 10, 2008

  • And without doubt he would also be a hoon. And would chuck u-ies!

    April 10, 2008

  • Hmmm, first sense might be an Australian thing. My parents' generation definitely use it in that way.

    A person who drives a loud car for example could be described as a lair.

    April 10, 2008

  • Interesting - coming from the yewkay I use it to denote various stages on the continuum of inebrity - from a bit tipsy, to loud and rude, to roaring and reeling, to hungover. Also (of a person) to mean leery, unsanitary or seedy (c.f. your sense no. 2); also hairy in the sense of precarious. But your first sense I've never heard before.

    April 10, 2008

  • A wonderful, richly endowed slang word. It has various useful meanings in Britain, but Down Under it is almost exclusively called upon as an adjective meaning: 1. exhibitionistic; flashy. 2. vulgar. (Macquarie Dictionary)

    frindley to new American friend: "Do you remember a few years back when Apple came out with computers in a whole bunch of lairy colours?"

    American friend: "What does lairy mean?" (and after explanation) "Ah, so my husband wears lairy pants!"

    (Indeed he did, loud checked ones!)

    April 10, 2008