Definition of wary in English:

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wary

Pronunciation: /ˈwerē/

adjective (warier, wariest)

Feeling or showing caution about possible dangers or problems: dogs that have been mistreated often remain very wary of strangers a wary look
More example sentences
  • We should be wary of dangers to our liberty and privacy with the excuse of security.
  • Shrewd and wary was Leofric, careful and measured in all things, nothing beyond him.
  • She had learned too early in life to be wary and watchful, to worry and to expect the worst.
Synonyms
cautious, careful, circumspect, on one's guard, chary, alert, on the lookout, on one's toes, on the qui vive;
attentive, heedful, watchful, vigilant, observant
informal wide awake
suspicious, chary, leery, careful, distrustful, mistrustful, skeptical, doubtful, dubious

Origin

Late 15th century: from ware2 + -y1.

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  • aware from Old English:

    Old English gewær has a West Germanic origin and is related to German gewahr. An early meaning was ‘vigilant, cautious’ as well as ‘informed’. Wary (Late Middle English) is from the same root.

Words that rhyme with wary

airy, Azeri, canary, carabinieri, Carey, Cary, chary, clary, contrary, dairy, Dari, faerie, glairy, glary, Guarneri, hairy, lairy, miserere, nary, Nyerere, prairie, Salieri, scary, Tipperary, vary
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