Origin of leper
Examples from the Web for leper
After being forced to fly next to this leper, their disgust is palpable.
I read a little more than they did, so I could say, “Touch me not, leper!”Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview|Alex Belth|February 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ten thousand birds let loose would not have availed for the leper.Notes on the Book of Leviticus|C. H. Mackintosh
No; he must himself warn Dom Diego that he was a leper—a pariah.Dreamers of the Ghetto|I. Zangwill
But if I am—if there be some evil, some mark of evil to make others recoil as from a leper—but it can't be so, it can't.Wilderness of Spring|Edgar Pangborn
Now let us continue our walk and leave the blind man and leper behind.Corea or Cho-sen|A (Arnold) Henry Savage-Landor
The leper halted in the front porch for a moment and we jumped out on him with the sticks.Life's Handicap|Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for leper
Word Origin for leper
Word Origin and History for leper
"one afflicted with leprosy," late 14c., from Late Latin lepra, from Greek lepra "leprosy," from fem. of lepros (adj.) "scaly," from leops "a scale," related to lepein "to peel," from lopos "a peel," from PIE root *lep- "to peel, scale" (see leaf (n.)). Originally the word for the disease itself (mid-13c.); because of the -er ending it came to mean "person with leprosy," so leprosy was coined 16c. from adjective leprous.