Examples of wary in a Sentence
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
Though sycamore wood was much used, pioneers were wary of the tree's fuzzy leaves, which they believed brought allergies and even consumption. —Arthur Plotnik, The Urban Tree Book: An Uncommon Field Guide for City and Town, 2000
Modern literary novelists … wary of neat solutions and happy endings, have tended to invest their mysteries with an aura of ambiguity and to leave them unresolved. —David Lodge, The Art of Fiction, 1992
The store owner kept a wary eye on him.
Investors are increasingly wary about putting money into stocks.
Recent Examples of wary from the Web
At the same time, many conservative Republicans have been wary of the idea of a massive government investment.
Home Run’ Trip Leaves White House Happy, Europe Agape Trump’s first foreign trip as president left fellow members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization unsettled and wary, as well.
But lawmakers and mental health advocates are wary about handing over the facility to a private company — especially given the ongoing questions about the effectiveness of the state’s privatized foster care and Medicaid systems.
Some are wary of putting a price on such a vital resource.
The whole process will be put up for a vote this month, but residents are wary it will be rigged.
Immigrants are often wary of reporting crimes committed against them.
Even though water levels were receding by Sunday night, disaster management officials were wary as more rain was expected in the southwestern parts of the island in the next few days.
If Ryan Blaney’s reaction was anything typical Thursday, NASCAR drivers are hopeful, yet wary, of the sealer applied to Charlotte Motor Speedway’s driving surface.
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Origin and Etymology 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
Synonym Discussion of wary
WARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wary for English Language Learners
: not having or showing complete trust in someone or something that could be dangerous or cause trouble
WARY Defined for Kids
Definition of wary for Students
: very cautious The baker's worries about ogres and bandits I thought exaggerated … However, I was wary of strangers. — Gail Carson Levine, Ella Enchanted
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