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leery

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[ leer-ee ]
/ ˈlɪər i /
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adjective, leer·i·er, leer·i·est.

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

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Sometimes lear·y .

Origin of leery

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First recorded in 1790–1800; leer1 + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM leery

leer·i·ly, adverbleer·i·ness, noun

Definition for leery (2 of 2)

leery2
[ leer-ee ]
/ ˈlɪər i /

adjective, leer·i·er, leer·i·est.

Origin of leery

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British Dictionary definitions for leery

leery

leary

/ (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 of leery

leeriness or leariness, noun

Word Origin for leery

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