- a combining form meaning “thin,” “fine,” “slight,” used in the formation of compound words: leptophyllous.
Also especially before a vowel, lept-.
Origin of lepto-
< Greek lepto-, combining form of leptós thin, slight, fine, literally, stripped, equivalent to lép(ein) to strip + -tos adj. suffix
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Examples from the Web for lept
He lept six foot in the air an' snorted like he was shunting cars.Wild Animals I Have Known
Ernest Thompson Seton
When he came outside with a iron girdle about him, and a pizen spear, he lept in dead earnest, he did.Nasby in Exile
David R. Locke
Henry lept at the offer, hoping that England would bear the expense of the undertaking.A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)
Samuel R. Gardiner.
And so he lept upon his horse, and departed all the knights and men with him.Chronicle and Romance (The Harvard Classics Series)
Jean Froissart, Thomas Malory, Raphael Holinshed
Now when he awaked, he lept foorth of his bed, got his sword in his hand, & called his seruants to come & helpe him.
before a vowel lept-
- fine, slender, or slightleptosome
from Greek leptos thin, literally: peeled, from lepein to peel
- Slender; thin; fine:leptocyte.
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