Definition of leery in English:

leery

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɪəri
 
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adjective (leerier, leeriest)

informal
  • Cautious or wary due to realistic suspicions: a city leery of gang violence
    More example sentences
    • The market turmoil and lack of good financial knowledge has made them leery of equities.
    • Businesses were a little leery, understandably, about investing and adding jobs.
    • I was a little bit wary or a little bit leery because he had to pick the gun up and put it in the bag, so of course I was watching what he was doing.

Derivatives

leeriness

noun
More example sentences
  • I share Davies' leeriness with regard to management consultants.
  • Phoenix and New Hampshire prosecutors have, at least, overcome their leeriness at even charging bishops or cardinals.
  • Also implied here is an understandable leeriness on Bartov's part of the possibility that such art draws on the power of the Holocaust merely to energize itself and its forms.

Origin

late 17th century: from obsolete leer 'looking askance', from leer1 + -y1.

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