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leery

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[ leer-ee ]
/ 藞l瑟蓹r i /
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adjective, leer路i路er, leer路i路est.
wary; suspicious (usually followed by of): I'm leery of his financial advice.
Archaic. knowing; alert.
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Origin of leery

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First recorded in 1790鈥1800; leer1 + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM leery

leer路i路ly, adverbleer路i路ness, noun

Other definitions for leery (2 of 2)

leery2
[ leer-ee ]
/ 藞l瑟蓹r i /

adjective, leer路i路er, leer路i路est.

Origin of leery

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British Dictionary definitions for leery

leery

leary

/ (藞l瑟蓹r瑟) /

adjective leerier, leeriest, learier or leariest
mainly dialect knowing or sly
slang (foll by of) suspicious or wary
slang rowdy or boisterous

Derived forms of leery

leeriness or leariness, noun

Word Origin for leery

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