Leeriness



[leer-ee] /ˈlɪər i/

adjective, leerier, leeriest.
1.
wary; suspicious (usually followed by of):
I’m leery of his financial advice.
2.
Archaic. knowing; alert.
/ˈlɪərɪ/
adjective leerier, leeriest, learier, leariest
1.
(mainly dialect) knowing or sly
2.
(slang) (foll by of) suspicious or wary
3.
(slang) rowdy or boisterous
adj.

“untrusting, suspicious, alert,” 1718, originally slang, with -y (2), and perhaps from dialectal lere “learning, knowledge” (see lore), or from leer (v.) in some now-obscure sense. OED suggests connection with archaic leer (adj.) “empty, useless,” a general Germanic word (cf. German leer, Dutch laar), of unknown origin.

adjective

Untrusting; suspicious; wary: He was leery of toting so much money/ Cheyfitz and Farrell exchanged leery glances

[1718+; probably fr British dialect lere, ”learning, knowledge”]

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