unwary


un·wary

adjective \ˌən-ˈwer-ē\

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

Full Definition of UNWARY

:  not alert :  easily fooled or surprised :  heedless, gullible <cheats unwary tourists>
un·wari·ly \-ˈwar-ə-lē, -ˈwer-\ adverb
un·wari·ness \-ˈwer-ē-nəs\ noun

Examples of UNWARY

  1. The fast-moving tide sometimes surprises unwary swimmers.
  2. <e-mail scams that take advantage of unwary computer users>

First Known Use of UNWARY

1579

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