[lep-ruh s]


Pathology. affected with leprosy.
of or resembling leprosy.
Botany, Zoology. covered with scales.

Origin of leprous

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English word from Late Latin word leprōsus. See leper, -ous
Related formslep·rous·ly, adverblep·rous·ness, nounnon·lep·rous, adjectivenon·lep·rous·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples of leprous

  • "Let us be calm," I muttered to myself, and ran into the shade of a leprous wall.


    Joseph Conrad

  • She smiled faintly, and then a tear rolled down the leprous cheek.

    My New Curate

    P.A. Sheehan

  • He was not before 1179 allowed even a leprous priest to say Mass for him.

    Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln

    Charles L. Marson

  • This caused an exposure of his arms, by which it became manifest that he was leprous.

  • The planet must be cleansed of that leprous form of life, else there would be no peace.

    Walls of Acid

    Henry Hasse

British Dictionary definitions for leprous



having leprosy
relating to or resembling leprosy
biology a less common word for leprose
Derived Formsleprously, adverbleprousness, noun

Word Origin for leprous

C13: from Old French, from Late Latin leprosus, from lepra leper
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Word Origin and History for leprous

early 13c., leprus, from Old French lepros (Modern French lépreux), from Late Latin leprosus, from Latin lepra "leprosy" (see leper).

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