adjective, leer·i·er, leer·i·est.
Origin of leery1
Related Words for leerinessdisbelief, doubt, misdoubt, misgiving, mistrust, qualm, question, skepticism, suspicion, wariness
adjective leerier, leeriest, learier or leariest
Word Origin for leery
"untrusting, suspicious, alert," 1718, originally slang, with -y (2), and perhaps from dialectal lere "learning, knowledge" (see lore), or from leer (v.) in some now-obscure sense. OED suggests connection with archaic leer (adj.) "empty, useless," a general Germanic word (cf. German leer, Dutch laar), of unknown origin.