Definition of wary in English:


Syllabification: war·y
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.


late 15th century: from ware2 + -y1.

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