Definition of leery in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈlɪəri

adjective (leerier, leeriest)

Cautious or wary due to realistic suspicions: a city leery of gang violence
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  • 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.


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



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  • 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.

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