[ chair-uh-lee ]
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Origin of charily

First recorded in 1570–80; chary + -ly

Other words for charily

Opposites for charily

Other words from charily

  • un·char·i·ly, adverb

Words Nearby charily Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use charily in a sentence

  • O beauties, look to your busk-points; if not chastely, yet charily: be sure the door be bolted.

  • It is not a difficult task to praise a heroine, and one that should be indulged in but charily.

    Coniston, Complete | Winston Churchill
  • She had heard her speak casually, but charily, of having lived in Fordham.

    Ruth | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • Now they stretched themselves out on their elbows and began to puff, charily, and with slender confidence.

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • He went and knocked, and, behold, the door was promptly but charily opened.

    The Flaming Sword in Serbia and Elsewhere | Mabel Annie Boulton Stobart

British Dictionary definitions for charily


/ (ˈtʃɛərɪlɪ) /

  1. cautiously; carefully

  2. sparingly

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