unwary

adjective un·wary \ ˌən-ˈwer-ē \

Definition of unwary

:not alert :easily fooled or surprised :heedless, gullible
  • cheats unwary tourists

unwarily

play \ˌən-ˈwer-ə-lē\ adverb

unwariness

play \ˌən-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

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First Known Use of unwary

1579


UNWARY Defined for English Language Learners

unwary

adjective

Definition of unwary for English Language Learners

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


UNWARY Defined for Kids

unwary

adjective un·wary \ ˌən-ˈwer-ē \

Definition of unwary for Students

unwarier; unwariest
:easily fooled or surprised
  • unwary buyers


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