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adjective \ˈcher-ē\

: cautious about doing something


Full Definition of CHARY

archaic :  dear, treasured
:  discreetly cautious: as
a :  hesitant and vigilant about dangers and risks
b :  slow to grant, accept, or expend <a person very chary of compliments>
chari·ly \ˈcher-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of CHARY

  1. <chary investors who weren't burned by the dot-com bust>

Origin of CHARY

Middle English, sorrowful, dear, from Old English cearig sorrowful, from caru sorrow — more at care
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of CHARY

cautious, circumspect, wary, chary mean prudently watchful and discreet in the face of danger or risk. cautious implies the exercise of forethought usually prompted by fear of danger <a cautious driver>. circumspect suggests less fear and stresses the surveying of all possible consequences before acting or deciding <circumspect in his business dealings>. wary emphasizes suspiciousness and alertness in watching for danger and cunning in escaping it <keeps a wary eye on the competition>. chary implies a cautious reluctance to give, act, or speak freely <chary of signing papers without having read them first>.


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