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chary

[ chair-ee ]
/ ˈtʃɛər i /
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adjective, char·i·er, char·i·est.

cautious or careful; wary: He was chary of investing in oil wells.
shy; timid.
fastidious; choosy: She is excessively chary about her friends.
sparing (often followed by of): chary of his praise.

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Origin of chary

before 1000; Middle English; Old English cearig sorrowful (c(e)ar(u) care + -ig-y1); cognate with Old Saxon karag,Old High German karag (German karg scanty, paltry)

OTHER WORDS FROM chary

char·i·ly, adverbun·char·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for chary

chary
/ (ˈtʃɛərɪ) /

adjective charier or chariest

wary; careful
choosy; finicky
shy
sparing; mean

Word Origin for chary

Old English cearig; related to caru care, Old High German charag sorrowful
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