Definition of chary
charilyplay \ˈcher-ə-lē\ adverb
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Examples of chary in a Sentence
chary investors who weren't burned by the dot-com bust
Recent Examples of chary from the Web
Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press At Sunday’s 2017 Detroit Burger Battle at Eastern Market, plumes of chary-scented smoke filled the air from sizzling burgers as more than 20 metro Detroit restaurants competed for the title of Best Burger Champion.
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It was sorrow that bred the caution of "chary." In Middle English chary meant "sorrowful," a sense that harks back to the word's Old English ancestor "caru" (an early form of "care," and another term that originally meant "sorrow" or "grief"). In a sense switch that demonstrates that love can be both bitter and sweet, "chary" later came to mean "dear" or "cherished." That's how 16th century English dramatist George Peele used it: "the chariest and the choicest queen, That ever did delight my royal eyes." Both sorrow and affection have largely faded from "chary," however, and in Modern English the word is most often used as a synonym of either "careful" or "sparing."
Synonym Discussion of chary
CHARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of chary for English Language Learners
: cautious about doing something
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