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[wawr-ning] /ˈwɔr nɪŋ/
the act or utterance of one who warns or the existence, appearance, sound, etc., of a thing that warns.
something that serves to warn, give notice, or caution:
We fired a warning at the intruders.
Meteorology. an announcement from the U.S. National Weather Service alerting the public that a storm or other weather-related hazard is imminent and that immediate steps should be taken to protect lives and property.
Compare advisory (def 5), storm warning (def 2), watch (def 20).
serving to warn, advise, caution:
a warning bell.
Origin of warning
before 900; Middle English (noun); Old English war(e)nung precaution; see warn, -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
warningly, adverb
2. caution, admonition, advice; omen, sign, portent, augury, presage. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for warningly
Historical Examples
  • “Keep low,” cried the corporal, warningly, in the excitement of the moment.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • When your feet touch––fire; and,” warningly––“remember, 194 not before.

  • "You had better keep your memories to yourself in case you meet her," said she, warningly.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • "Don't you start moralizing, Martin," said Mr. Jones warningly.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • They hear you––they will,” she said, warningly, “come in here.

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
  • She puts her fingers on her lips, warningly, as she sees the uniform at her door.

    A War-Time Wooing

    Charles King
  • "Baseball is something you can't depend on," said Frank, warningly.

    Frank Merriwell's Cruise Burt L. Standish
  • "Of course you know why, Dalzell," broke in Lieutenant Barnes warningly.

  • "You'd better think a long time about that," she warningly replied.

  • “Now, girls, you are forgetting yourselves,” said Miss Ladd warningly.

    Campfire Girls at Twin Lakes Stella M. Francis
British Dictionary definitions for warningly


a hint, intimation, threat, etc, of harm or danger
advice to beware or desist
an archaic word for notice (sense 6)
(prenominal) intended or serving to warn: a warning look
(of the coloration of certain distasteful or poisonous animals) having conspicuous markings, which predators recognize and learn to avoid; aposematic
Derived Forms
warningly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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