leery

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

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leery (comparative leerier, superlative leeriest)

  1. Cautious, hesitant, or nervous about something; having reservations or concerns.
    Since he was bitten by a dog when he was young, he has always been leery of animals.

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