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Meaning of WARY

Pronunciation:  'wehree

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  marked by keen caution and watchful prudence; "they were wary in their movements"; "a wary glance at the black clouds"; "taught to be wary of strangers"
  2. [adj]  openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
 

WARY is a 4 letter word that starts with W.

 

 Synonyms: distrustful, leery, mistrustful, on guard, on one's guard(p), on your guard, shy, suspicious, untrusting, upon one's guard(p)
 
 Antonyms: unwary
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Wa"ry\, a. [Compar. {Warier}; superl. {Wariest}.] [OE.
war, AS. w[ae]r; akin to Icel. v?rr, Dan. & Sw. var, Goth.
wars, G. gewahr aware, OHG. wara notice, attention, Gr. ? to
see. Cf. {Aware}, {Garment}, {Garnish}, {Garrison},
{Panorama}, {Ward}, v. t. {Ware}, a., {Warren}.]
1. Cautious of danger; carefully watching and guarding
   against deception, artifices, and dangers; timorously or
   suspiciously prudent; circumspect; scrupulous; careful.
   ``Bear a wary eye.'' --Shak.

         We should be wary, therefore, what persecution we
         raise against the living labors of public men.
                                               --Milton.

2. Characterized by caution; guarded; careful.

         It behoveth our words to be wary and few. --Hooker.

Syn: Cautious; circumspect; watchful. See {Cautious}.

 

 

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