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leery

1 [leer-ee]
adjective, leerier, leeriest.
1.
wary; suspicious (usually followed by of ): I'm leery of his financial advice.
2.
Archaic. knowing; alert.

Origin:
1790–1800; leer1 + -y1

leerily, adverb
leeriness, noun

wary, weary, leery.
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leery or leary (ˈlɪərɪ)
 
adj , leerier, leeriest, learier, leariest
1.  dialect chiefly knowing or sly
2.  slang (foll by of) suspicious or wary
3.  slang rowdy or boisterous
 
[C18: perhaps from obsolete sense (to look askance) of leer]
 
leary or leary
 
adj
 
[C18: perhaps from obsolete sense (to look askance) of leer]
 
'leeriness or leary
 
n
 
'leariness or leary
 
n

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leery
"untrusting, suspicious," 1718, originally slang, probably from dialectal lere "learning, knowledge" (see lore), or from leer (v.) in some now-obscure sense.
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