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warily

[wair-uh-lee] /ˈwɛər ə li/
adverb
1.
in a wary manner.
Origin of warily
1545-1555
First recorded in 1545-55; wary + -ly
Related forms
overwarily, adverb
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  • "I think I see what you mean," said the psychologist, warily.

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  • There's nothing for it but to go on warily, and maybe at the next halt we might escape from them.'

    Two Penniless Princesses Charlotte M. Yonge
  • I had found the latch by this time, and warily I drew the door open.

    In Kings' Byways Stanley J. Weyman
  • warily he picked it up and glanced at it, still covering me carefully.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • It stepped back from the rim of the ledge and looked at him; warily, as he looked at it.

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  • "I think so," said Max warily, beginning to guess the trend of her questions.

    A Soldier of the Legion C. N. Williamson

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