Definition of leper noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈlepə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlepər//
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  1. 1a person suffering from leprosy
  2. 2a person that other people avoid because they have done something that these people do not approve of His outspoken views have made him a social leper.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: probably from an attributive use of leper ‘leprosy’, from Old French lepre, via Latin from Greek lepra, feminine of lepros ‘scaly’, from lepos, lepis ‘scale’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: leper