Definition of leprous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈleprəs/


1Suffering from leprosy.
Example sentences
  • By 724 BC the leprous king Uzziah of Judah had not been seen for a while and finally in that year he died.
  • By all means be appalled by the leprous beggars, but don't allow this to blind you to the rich educational diversity the Third World has to offer.
  • Founded as a hospital by Eudo the Steward, to support four leprous residents, its chapel became a parish church and was able to survive the Dissolution.
1.1Relating to or resembling leprosy: leprous growths
More example sentences
  • When I nursed in a clinic near Bombay, a small girl, shielding all her leprous sores, crept inside the door.
  • The Lazarus of the parable appears on crutches with dogs licking his leprous sores, a citation from Luke.
  • While leprous signs wracked the entire body, notably disfiguring the face, making public a private sin, it was on the genitals that the first signs of syphilis would appear.
2Covered with scales; scaly.


Middle English: via Old French from late Latin leprosus, from Latin lepra 'scaly' (see leper).

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Syllabification: lep·rous

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