from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Suspicious or distrustful; wary: was leery of aggressive salespeople.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Cautious, hesitant, or nervous about something; having reservations or concerns.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Knowing; wide-awake; sly: as, the leery man.
  • Empty, in any sense: as, a leery cart; to be leery and tired.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. openly distrustful and unwilling to confide


1718, "untrustful, suspicious", either from leer +‎ -y, or from dialectal lere, lear (“learning, knowledge”) +‎ -y. More at leer, lear. (Wiktionary)



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