leery

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

Definition of leery

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

Examples of leery in a Sentence

They were leery of their neighbors.
Recent Examples on the Web And while the monks will never wander into a bar to take offense at a particular promotion, the leadership of the company is leery of doing anything to damage its working relationship with the order. Washington Post, "Chartreuse liqueur’s popularity has soared. But how do you market the elixir without offending the monks who make it?," 19 Nov. 2019 Democrats and Republicans had been leery of Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria, opening the door for a Turkish incursion targeting the Kurds, U.S. allies in efforts to contain the terror group. Fox News, "Top Arizona Dem blasted for claiming Trump 'aligned himself with ISIS'," 31 Oct. 2019 But the American Civil Liberties Union is leery of conservatorships as a potential weapon to deprive disabled people of their rights. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Why does Britney Spears still have a conservator? Legal expert says her case file suggests answers," 24 Oct. 2019 The network has also sought to highlight skeptical Trump coverage to advertisers who may be leery of provocative right-wing punditry. New York Times, "Fox News Is Trump’s Chief TV Booster. So Why Is He Griping About It?," 13 Oct. 2019 At the same time, some environmental groups are leery of a plan to continue running diesel trains in the Central Valley, where air quality is often on a par with Los Angeles and rates of adolescent asthma are high. Burbank Leader, "Metrolink proposes new trains from Burbank to Anaheim, using billions from bullet train," 9 Oct. 2019 At the same time, some environmental groups are leery of a plan to continue running diesel trains in the Central Valley, where air quality is often on a par with Los Angeles and rates of adolescent asthma are high. Los Angeles Times, "Metrolink proposes new trains from Burbank to Anaheim, using billions from bullet train," 9 Oct. 2019 That’s part of the reason some lawmakers and open-government advocates were leery of its initial refusal to release details of Potter’s contract. Lori Aratani, Washington Post, "Head of Dulles, Reagan National agency among the highest-paid airport CEOs in U.S.," 8 Sep. 2019 Many economists are leery of broadly prohibiting companies from entering new businesses, fearing potential losses of efficiency and consumer welfare. Steve Lohr, New York Times, "How Should Big Tech Be Reined In? Here Are 4 Prominent Ideas," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of leery

1718, in the meaning defined above

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“Leery.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leery. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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leery

adjective
How to pronounce leery (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of leery

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

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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