Definition of leery adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈlɪəri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪri//
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(informal) leery (of something/somebody) | leery (of doing something) suspicious or careful about something/somebody, and trying to avoid doing it or dealing with them synonym wary The government is leery of changing the current law. Word Originlate 17th cent.: from obsolete leer ‘looking askance’, from leer + -y.
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