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verb (used with object)
  1. to besiege.
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  1. a siege.
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Origin of leaguer

First recorded in 1590–1600, leaguer is from the Dutch word leger army, camp. See lair1
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Examples from the Web for leaguered

Historical Examples of leaguered

  • Who foremost now to climb the leaguered wall, The first to triumph, or the first to fall?

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • The wastes of the Bernina stretch above, and round about are leaguered some of the most forbidding sharp-toothed peaks I ever saw.

  • Still his heart was full of hope of saving all he held dear in the leaguered city.

  • The soldier took no notice of her denial; he felt too sure of his fact to hold other than pity for the leaguered lady.

    The Lady of Loyalty House

    Justin Huntly McCarthy

British Dictionary definitions for leaguered


noun archaic
  1. an encampment, esp of besiegers
  2. the siege itself
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Word Origin for leaguer

C16: from Dutch leger siege; related to lair 1


  1. mainly US and Canadian a member of a league
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