[ leer-ee ]
/ ˈlɪər i /

adjective, leer·i·er, leer·i·est.

wary; suspicious (usually followed by of): I'm leery of his financial advice.
Archaic. knowing; alert.

Origin of leery

First recorded in 1790–1800; leer1 + -y1

Related forms

leer·i·ly, adverbleer·i·ness, noun

Can be confused

wary weary leery
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British Dictionary definitions for leeriness



/ (ˈlɪərɪ) /

adjective leerier, leeriest, learier or leariest

mainly dialect knowing or sly
slang (foll by of) suspicious or wary
slang rowdy or boisterous

Derived Forms

leeriness or leariness, noun

Word Origin for leery

C18: perhaps from obsolete sense (to look askance) of leer
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