the state or quality of being chary.
Obsolete. scrupulous integrity.

Nearby words

  1. chari,
  2. chari-nile,
  3. charidee,
  4. charikar,
  5. charily,
  6. charing cross,
  7. chariot,
  8. charioteer,
  9. charis,
  10. charism

Origin of chariness

First recorded in 1565–75; chary + -ness Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chariness

  • Not until we have read Men in Battle do we fully appreciate Barbusse's chariness in the use of material effects.

    The Forerunners|Romain Rolland
  • She had tried to make him divine all this in the chariness of her promise to write.

  • Nay, I will consent to act any villany against him, that may not sully the chariness of our honesty.

    The Merry Wives of Windsor|William Shakespeare
  • "A wilfu man maun hae his ain way—do as you like," rejoined William Brydon, affectin a chariness he did not altogether feel.

British Dictionary definitions for chariness



the state of being chary
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