leery


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Related to leery: surreptitiously, earnestly, hapless

leer·y

 (lîr′ē)
adj. leer·i·er, leer·i·est
Suspicious or distrustful; wary: was leery of aggressive salespeople.

leer′i·ly adv.
leer′i·ness n.

leery

(ˈlɪərɪ) or

leary

adj, leerier, leeriest, learier or leariest
1. chiefly dialect knowing or sly
2. slang (foll by of) suspicious or wary
3. slang rowdy or boisterous
[C18: perhaps from obsolete sense (to look askance) of leer]
ˈleeriness, ˈleariness n

leer•y

(ˈlɪər i)

adj. leer•i•er, leer•i•est.
1. wary; suspicious (usu. fol. by of): I'm leery of his financial advice.
2. Archaic. knowing; alert.
[1790–1800]
leer′i•ly, adv.
leer′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.leery - openly distrustful and unwilling to confideleery - openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
distrustful - having or showing distrust; "a man of distrustful nature"; "my experience...in other fields of law has made me distrustful of rules of thumb generally"- B.N.Cardozo; "vigilant and distrustful superintendence"- Thomas Jefferson

leery

adjective (Slang) wary, cautious, uncertain, suspicious, doubting, careful, shy, sceptical, dubious, unsure, distrustful, on your guard, chary They are leery of the proposed system.

leery

adjective
Lacking trust or confidence:
Translations

leery

[ˈlɪərɪ] ADJ (= cautious) → cauteloso; (= suspicious) → receloso
to be leery of sth/sbrecelar de algo/algn

leery

adj (inf)misstrauisch; I’m a bit leery of himich traue ihm nicht so recht

leery

[ˈlɪərɪ] adj to be leery of (fam) → essere sospettoso/a di
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Well, William had to turn about and play on, willy-nilly; and 'twas only three o'clock in the world, and 'a knowed that nobody would come that way for hours, and he so leery and tired that 'a didn't know what to do.
Yonder are the Misses Leery, who are looking out for the young officers of the Heavies, who are pretty sure to be pacing the cliff; or again it is a City man, with a nautical turn, and a telescope, the size of a six-pounder, who has his instrument pointed seawards, so as to command every pleasure-boat, herring-boat, or bathing-machine that comes to, or quits, the shore, &c.
He never was leery of anything on two feet, I'll say that much for'm.
The Technicolor is easy on the eye and there's something of Hitchcock in the leery approach.
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His rakish comic characters were perfected in the Carry On films and elsewhere, and he lived up to his leery image by posing with glamour model Jordan at the 2003 British Comedy Awards.
Then a leery guffaw bi the silence, followed by an individual pointing excitedly up at a TV monitor.