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unwary

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adjective un·wary \ˌən-ˈwer-ē\

Simple Definition of unwary

  • : easily fooled or surprised : not aware of and careful about possible problems, dangers, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of unwary

  1. :  not alert :  easily fooled or surprised :  heedless, gullible <cheats unwary tourists>

unwarily play \-ˈwar-ə-lē, -ˈwer-\ adverb
unwariness play \-ˈwer-ē-nəs\ noun

Examples of unwary in a sentence

  1. The fast-moving tide sometimes surprises unwary swimmers.

  2. <e-mail scams that take advantage of unwary computer users>



1579

First Known Use of unwary

1579


UNWARY Defined for Kids

unwary

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adjective un·wary \ˌən-ˈwer-ē\

Definition of unwary for Students

unwarierunwariest

  1. :  easily fooled or surprised <unwary buyers>





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