- 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 wariestdistrustful, watchful, attentive, considerate, suspicious, frugal, circumspect, vigilant, prudent, leery, alert, cagey, calculating, canny, chary, discreet, gingerly, guarded, heedful, provident
Examples from the Web for wariest
Historical Examples of wariest
"Kid" was the vainest, the strongest, the wariest and the most successful plotter in the gang.The Trimmed Lamp
In their wild state they are the wariest and most cunning of all the denizens of the forest.The Pearl of India
Maturin M. Ballou
How subtle and how dangerous are the snares which fate lays for the wariest of men!Queen Victoria
Could the wariest statesman have better parried that question?Joan of Arc
Ronald Sutherland Gower
Not until he was full grown did his mother teach him how to hunt that swiftest and wariest of game—the hare.Lives of the Fur Folk
M. D. Haviland
- 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.