leery

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adjective \ˈlir-ē\
variants: or less commonly

Definition of leery

  1. :  suspicious, wary —often used with of leery of strangers She seemed a little leery of the proposal.

Examples of leery in a sentence

  1. They were leery of their neighbors.

1718

First Known Use of leery

1718


LEERY Defined for English Language Learners

leery

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adjective \ˈlir-ē\

Definition of leery for English Language Learners

  • : feeling or showing a lack of trust in someone or something


LEERY Defined for Kids

leery

adjective \ˈlir-ē\

Definition of leery for Students

  1. :  suspicious 2, wary … he was really a little leery of venturing out into New York City. — George Selden, The Cricket in Times Square



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