ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,


leary, adj.   hungry, empty, faint with hunger.
Sometimes spelled lear, other times leer.  From The English Dialect Dictionary.

Etymology:  from German leer, empty.  There are many examples of the word from the late 1800s, and a mention of "leirey places" from the late 1700s.

Related words (similar origins): 
lereness - emptiness
lear-headed - empty-headed
leary - unladen (as in an empty wagon)

Leery (untrusting, suspicious) appears to come from German lernen, to learn;
lear (knowledge, education, custom) and learless (ignorant) have similar origins.
Leer (to look obliquely) appears to come from Middle English ler, cheek.

Apologies for the late post; the house was not a "leirey place" yesterday.
Tags: adjective, german, l, theme: food, wordsmith: ersatz_read

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