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
Some South Sudanese were wary of the new peace deal.
The idea of expanding the use of the censure as a tool of coercion or settling acrimony makes some wary, including San Antonio Tea Party board member Grant Moody.
When his mother returns, she has been literally disfigured, her arms covered in scars, her movements wary, her conversation guarded, even around her son.
Cops, wary of the kind of violence that broke out after Charlottesville, have asked businesses to put away anything that could be thrown, such as chairs and tables.
The elderly and those with weakened immune systems should also be wary, the FDA reports.
Their experiences in A Thousand Acres made them too wary, too angry.
The men onstage are Moses, a wary, athletic man played by Jon Michael Hill, and the more relaxed, goofy Kitch (Julian Parker).
But the atmosphere feels markedly different from even just a few months ago, when Russian and U.S. forces nearly went to war in Syria, and Moscow taxi drivers were wary of talking politics with a foreigner.
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Synonym Discussion of wary
- a cautious driver
- circumspect in his business dealings
- keeps a wary eye on the competition
- chary of signing papers without having read them first
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
- 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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