- a person who has leprosy.
- a person who has been rejected or ostracized for unacceptable behavior, opinions, character, or the like; anathema; outcast.
Origin of leper
Examples from the Web for leper
After being forced to fly next to this leper, their disgust is palpable.Hallucinating Away a Heroin Addiction
May 4, 2014
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
February 16, 2014
The leper himself would never have dreamed of his touching him.Weighed and Wanting
Cass, the teller, certainly shunned him as he would a leper.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Money is a disease that he spreads when he walks, like the scales that fall from a leper.The Flockmaster of Poison Creek
George W. Ogden
No; he must himself warn Dom Diego that he was a leper—a pariah.
Ay, but the fault was theirs who drove him to it, leaving him only a leper's life.
- a person who has leprosy
- derogatory a person who is ignored or despised
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.
- One who has leprosy.