carefully; warily.
sparingly; frugally.

Origin of charily

First recorded in 1570–80; chary + -ly
Related formsun·char·i·ly, adverb

Synonyms for charily

Antonyms for charily Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for charily

Historical Examples of charily

  • She had heard her speak casually, but charily, of having lived in Fordham.


    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.

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

    Coniston, Complete

    Winston Churchill

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

British Dictionary definitions for charily



cautiously; carefully
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