- 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.