leery

adjective
\ ˈlir-ē How to pronounce leery (audio) \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of leery

: suspicious, wary often used with of leery of strangersShe seemed a little leery of the proposal.

Examples of leery in a Sentence

They were leery of their neighbors.
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First Known Use of leery

1718, in the meaning defined above

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22 May 2022

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“Leery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leery. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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leery

adjective
\ ˈlir-ē \

Kids Definition of leery

: suspicious sense 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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