adjective \ˈwer-ē\

: not having or showing complete trust in someone or something that could be dangerous or cause trouble


Full Definition of WARY

:  marked by keen caution, cunning, and watchfulness especially in detecting and escaping danger
war·i·ly \ˈwer-ə-lē\ adverb
war·i·ness \ˈwer-ē-nəs\ noun

Examples of WARY

  1. The store owner kept a wary eye on him.
  2. Investors are increasingly wary about putting money into stocks.
  3. Great critics are sometimes wary of great authors. Eliot and Pound usually sidled past Shakespeare. —William Logan, New York Times Book Review, 11 Feb. 2001

Origin of WARY

1ware, from Middle English war, ware, from Old English wær careful, aware, wary; akin to Old High German giwar aware, attentive, Latin vereri to fear, Greek horan to see
First Known Use: 15th century


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