unwary

[ uhn-wair-ee ]
/ ʌnˈwɛər i /

adjective, un·war·i·er, un·war·i·est.

not wary; not cautious or watchful, as against danger or misfortune.

Nearby words

  1. unwaged,
  2. unwanted,
  3. unwarped,
  4. unwarrantable,
  5. unwarranted,
  6. unwashed,
  7. unwatched,
  8. unwavering,
  9. unwaxed,
  10. unwearied

Origin of unwary

First recorded in 1570–80; un-1 + wary

Related formsun·war·i·ly, adverbun·war·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for unwary

unwary

/ (ʌnˈwɛərɪ) /

adjective

lacking caution or prudence; not vigilant or careful
Derived Formsunwarily, adverbunwariness, noun

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Word Origin and History for unwary

unwary

adj.

1570s, from un- (1) "not" + wary.

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