- a person having leprosy
- a person to be shunned or ostracized, as because of the danger of moral contamination
Origin of leperMiddle English lepre, leprosy from Old French from Late Latin lepra (L leprae, plural ) from Classical Greek from lepros, rough, scaly from lepein, to peel from Indo-European base an unverified form lep-, to peel off, scale from source Old English læfer, rush, reed
- A person affected by leprosy.
- A person who is avoided by others; a pariah.
Origin of leperMiddle English from lepre leprosy from Old French from Late Latin lepra from Greek lepros scaly from lepis scale