leery

adjective \ˈlir-ē\

Definition of leery

  1. :  suspicious, wary —often used with of <leery of strangers>

Examples of leery in a sentence

  1. They were leery of their neighbors.

1896

First Known Use of leery

1896

Variants of leery

less commonly

\ˈlir-ē\

LEERY Defined for English Language Learners

leery

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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