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wary

Syllabification: war·y
Pronunciation: /ˈwerē
 
/

Definition of wary in English:

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
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  • 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.
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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.

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