Leery meaning

lîrē
On one's guard; wary; suspicious.
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Suspicious or distrustful; wary.

Was leery of aggressive salespeople.

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(obs.) Knowing.
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The definition of leery is someone or something expressing caution and suspicion.

When someone has lied to you before and you are cautious and unsure of whether you can trust him again, this is an example of a situation where you are leery.

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Cautious, hesitant, or nervous about something; having reservations or concerns.

Since he was bitten by a dog when he was young, he has always been leery of animals.

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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
leery
Comparative
leerier
Superlative
leeriest

Origin of leery

  • 1718, "untrustful, suspicious", either from leer +"Ž -y, or from dialectal lere, lear (“learning, knowledge") +"Ž -y. More at leer, lear.

    From Wiktionary