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


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