wary

[ wair-ee ]
/ ˈwɛər i /

adjective, war·i·er, war·i·est.

watchful; being on one's guard against danger.
arising from or characterized by caution: to give someone a wary look.

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How well do you know your adjectives from your adverbs? Your preposition from your pronouns? Your interjections from your conjunctions? Let’s put your knowledge of parts of speech to the text! Note: Many of the following questions will ask you to identify the parts of speech “in order.” That means the first word in all capital letters will correspond to the first option in an answer, and so on.
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In order, what parts of speech are the words in all capital letters? Alisa was VERY tired, SO she decided to go to bed.

Origin of wary

First recorded in 1545–55; ware2 + -y1

synonym study for wary

1. See careful.

OTHER WORDS FROM wary

war·i·ly, adverbwar·i·ness, nouno·ver·war·y, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH wary

wary weary leery
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British Dictionary definitions for wary

wary
/ (ˈwɛərɪ) /

adjective warier or wariest

watchful, cautious, or alert
characterized by caution or watchfulness

Derived forms of wary

warily, adverbwariness, noun

Word Origin for wary

C16: from ware ² + -y 1
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