- 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
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2. caution, admonition, advice; omen, sign, portent, augury, presage.
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Examples from the Web for warningly
“Keep low,” cried the corporal, warningly, in the excitement of the moment.The Law-Breakers
When your feet touch––fire; and,” warningly––“remember, 194 not before.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
"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
They hear you––they will,” she said, warningly, “come in here.The Bondwoman
Marah Ellis Ryan
- a hint, intimation, threat, etc, of harm or danger
- advice to beware or desist
- an archaic word for notice (def. 6)
- (prenominal) intended or serving to warna warning look
- (of the coloration of certain distasteful or poisonous animals) having conspicuous markings, which predators recognize and learn to avoid; aposematic
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