- watchful; being on one's guard against danger.
- arising from or characterized by caution: to give someone a wary look.
Origin of wary
Synonyms for wary
Related Words for warierdistrustful, watchful, attentive, considerate, suspicious, frugal, circumspect, vigilant, prudent, leery, alert, cagey, calculating, canny, chary, discreet, gingerly, guarded, heedful, provident
Examples from the Web for warier
Contemporary Examples of warier
More likely, the enlarged amygdalas produced subtler effects, making them warier and more alert to threats.How Sad Moms Change a Child’s Brain
August 22, 2011
Historical Examples of warier
He prided himself on keeping his word; for that reason he was warier of using it.Stories of a Western Town
Such fellows worm themselves into the confidence of warier persons than this amiable old physician.One of My Sons
Anna Katharine Green
He's changed his voice; he's warier than I guessed.Well, now, till all's revealed I'll never rest.
A few small fish may be seen basking near the surface of the water, but the bigger and warier carp do not often show themselves.The Story of Seville
Walter M. Gallichan
Had but my brother's foresight kenn'd as much, He had been warier that the greedy want Of Catalonia might not work his bale.The Vision of Paradise, Complete
- watchful, cautious, or alert
- characterized by caution or watchfulness
Word Origin for wary
1550s, from Old English wær "prudent, aware, alert, wary," from Proto-Germanic *waraz (cf. Old Norse varr "attentive," Gothic wars "cautious," Old Saxon giwar, Middle Dutch gheware, Old High German giwar, German gewahr "aware"), from PIE root *wer- "to cover" (see weir). Related: Warily; wariness.