wary

[ wair-ee ]
/ ˈwɛər i /
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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.

Origin of wary

First recorded in 1545–55; ware2 + -y1

Related forms

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

Can be confused

wary weary leery

Synonym study

1. See careful.
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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

warily, adverbwariness, noun

Word Origin for wary

C16: from ware ² + -y 1
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