Definition of leprous in English:



  • 1Suffering from leprosy.

    • ‘Four leprous men were outside the walls of the city and starving to death.’
    • ‘Ranging in age from seven to 16, the Texas children arrived late last month at their last stop in Africa, the government orphanage in this Nigerian market city of millions bustling with traders and crippled and leprous beggars.’
    • ‘By all means be appalled by the leprous beggars, but don't allow this to blind you to the rich educational diversity the Third World has to offer.’
    • ‘When a child of a respectable family disappeared without a trace in 1750, riots, spurred by rumors that the children's blood was being drained to cure leprous princes, broke out in several of the city's districts.’
    • ‘By 724 BC the leprous king Uzziah of Judah had not been seen for a while and finally in that year he died.’
    • ‘Her impact on the leprous Syrian Commander is, of course, decisive for the narrative.’
    • ‘Founded as a hospital by Eudo the Steward, to support four leprous residents, its chapel became a parish church and was able to survive the Dissolution.’
    • ‘The instruction given in Leviticus 13 says: ‘The leprous person who has the disease shall wear torn clothes and let the hair of his head hang loose, and he shall cover his upper lip and cry out.’’
    1. 1.1Relating to or resembling leprosy.
      ‘leprous growths’
      • ‘When I nursed in a clinic near Bombay, a small girl, shielding all her leprous sores, crept inside the door.’
      • ‘The Lazarus of the parable appears on crutches with dogs licking his leprous sores, a citation from Luke.’
      • ‘While leprous signs wracked the entire body, notably disfiguring the face, making public a private sin, it was on the genitals that the first signs of syphilis would appear.’
  • 2Covered with scales; scaly.


Middle English: via Old French from late Latin leprosus, from Latin lepra scaly (see leper).