What does the following sentence mean?

She was sick of old men leering at her.

  • The implication is that they are "checking her out" (sexually).
    – Era
    Dec 3, 2015 at 23:51
  • And she does not like it, and is tired of it
    – Ron Jensen
    Dec 3, 2015 at 23:52

3 Answers 3


If you say somebody is sick of something, you mean that they're tired or fed up with whatever that thing is. For example, a student who has a lot of homework to do might say "I'm sick of doing homework."

leer (verb):

  1. to look with a sideways or oblique glance, especially suggestive of lascivious interest or sly and malicious intention


We're particularly interested in the "lascivious interest" part, so:

lascivious (adjective):

  1. indicating sexual interest or expressive of lust or lewdness


So she is tired of old men looking at her in a way that expresses sexual interest.


She was sick of old men leering at her.

She was tired of old men always looking at her with sexual desire.


The old men were leering at her, i.e. they were giving her lecherous looks.

She was fed up of that happening.

This implies that either it had been going on for a long time (those old men had stamina for their leering), or that it had been happening a lot (those old men were just the latest old men in a long series of leerers).

To be sick of something is a metaphor - she hated it so much that it was making her nauseous, figuratively speaking.

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