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[leer-ee] /ˈlɪər i/
adjective, leerier, leeriest.
1.
wary; suspicious (usually followed by of):
I'm leery of his financial advice.
2.
Archaic. knowing; alert.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; leer1 + -y1
Related forms
leerily, adverb
leeriness, noun
Can be confused
wary, weary, leery.
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leery

/ˈlɪərɪ/
adjective leerier, leeriest, learier, leariest
1.
(mainly dialect) knowing or sly
2.
(slang) (foll by of) suspicious or wary
3.
(slang) rowdy or boisterous
Derived Forms
leeriness, leariness, noun
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from obsolete sense (to look askance) of leer
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leery

adj.

"untrusting, suspicious, alert," 1718, originally slang, with -y (2), and perhaps from dialectal lere "learning, knowledge" (see lore), or from leer (v.) in some now-obscure sense. OED suggests connection with archaic leer (adj.) "empty, useless," a general Germanic word (cf. German leer, Dutch laar), of unknown origin.

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leery

adjective

Untrusting; suspicious; wary: He was leery of toting so much money/ Cheyfitz and Farrell exchanged leery glances

[1718+; probably fr British dialect lere, ''learning, knowledge'']


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