leery

adjective \ ˈlir-ē \
variants: or less commonly
|Updated on: 21 Jun 2018

Definition of leery

: 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.

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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

: 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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