- cautious or careful; wary: He was chary of investing in oil wells.
- shy; timid.
- fastidious; choosy: She is excessively chary about her friends.
- sparing (often followed by of): chary of his praise.
Origin of chary
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Examples from the Web for chary
As a rule, I am chary about doling out diagnoses unless there is a clear indication to do so.Daydreaming Is Not a Disorder
October 4, 2014
Let us ascertain, if we can, what it means, since they are so chary of informing us themselves.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
The maestro was an old man and chary of his words; yet even he was stirred to enthusiasm.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
Besides, since when have actresses become so chary of their favors?The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
"It was a pleasure he was chary enough of to himself," said she, laughing.Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
He realized that, had it not been for her, the Camerons would have been chary of taking him aboard.Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies
Alice B. Emerson
- wary; careful
- choosy; finicky
- sparing; mean
Word Origin and History for chary
Old English cearig "sorrowful" (see care (n.)). Sense evolved 16c. from "full of care" to "careful." Cognate with Old Saxon carag, Old High German charag "sorrow, trouble, care." Related: Charily; chariness.