adjective, char·i·er, char·i·est.
- chase mortise,
- chase, mary ellen
Origin of chary
Examples from the Web for chary
As a rule, I am chary about doling out diagnoses unless there is a clear indication to do so.
Nor was he chary at first of saying that he had taken his grand-niece in because there was no one else to whom she could go.Ruth Fielding Down in Dixie|Alice B. Emerson
The Mercure—the staid Mercure, so chary of its praise—can find no word to describe her acting but that of sublime.Queens of the French Stage|H. Noel Williams
When seen on his customary stand, he was avoided by all who were chary of their character, or scrupulous of appearances.The Bravo|J. Fenimore Cooper
adjective charier or chariest
Word Origin for chary
Old English cearig "sorrowful" (see care (n.)). Sense evolved 16c. from "full of care" to "careful." Cognate with Old Saxon carag, Old High German charag "sorrow, trouble, care." Related: Charily; chariness.