cautious; careful; prudent: to be guarded in one's speech.
protected, watched, or restrained, as by a guard.

Origin of guarded

First recorded in 1500–10; guard + -ed2
Related formsguard·ed·ly, adverbguard·ed·ness, nounself-guard·ed, adjectivewell-guard·ed, adjective

Synonyms for guarded Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of well-guarded

  • It's just that those in charge have diverted that wealth into a deep well that sits on their well-guarded estates.

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    Michael Moore

    March 7, 2011

Historical Examples of well-guarded

  • "You must be sure that you are well-guarded," said Mrs. Knapp.


    Earle Ashley Walcott

  • Send a well-guarded, placating embassy to him and to Cotubanama.


    Mary Johnston

  • Cautiously, and in well-guarded phrase, Blount stated his case.

  • High walls were they and well-guarded, and at their foot was a deep moat which was rosy with lotus flowers all the seventh month.

  • A safe boat given also by him who built the gratuitous ferry daily transports to the well-guarded shore.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan

    Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky

British Dictionary definitions for well-guarded


adjective (well guarded when postpositive)

having sufficient protection from danger or harm
kept private or out of the public eyewell-guarded secrets



protected or kept under surveillance
prudent, restrained, or noncommittala guarded reply
Derived Formsguardedly, adverbguardedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for well-guarded



c.1500, past participle adjective from guard (v.). Meaning "reserved and cautious in speech, behavior, etc." is from 1728. Related: Guardedly; guardedness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for well-guarded



Watched over; supervised, as of the condition of a patient.
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