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leary

[leer-ee] /ˈlɪər i/
adjective
1.
leery1 .
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  • She felt that she could only wait where she was, until some word came from leary.

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  • "There's the place, sir," leary exclaimed, as they drew up to the corner.

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  • leary touched his cap, and in a few moments they were speeding up the Avenue.

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  • Grace followed her without a moment's hesitation, ordering leary to wait.

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  • Duvall got out and motioned to Grace and leary to do the same.

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British Dictionary definitions for leary

leary

adjective learier, leariest
1.
(Southwest English, dialect) empty
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leery

leery

adjective

Untrusting; suspicious; wary: He was leery of toting so much money/ Cheyfitz and Farrell exchanged leery glances

[1718+; probably fr British dialect lere, ''learning, knowledge'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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