Definition of chary in English:



  • Cautiously or suspiciously reluctant to do something.

    ‘she had been chary of telling the whole truth’
    • ‘‘Right after the article appeared, people that I know were very chary of saying anything about it to me,’ he says.’
    • ‘Yet people in the science-studies racket have also grown more prudent; they are chary of making outrageous epistemological claims with flags flying and trumpets blaring the way they used to on a daily basis.’
    • ‘He is also famously reclusive and chary of talking about his craft.’
    • ‘It is impossible not to love and admire these four women, even when (as in Becky's case) you would be chary of making their acquaintance in real life.’
    • ‘It is interesting to note that his subsequent private-sector employers were similarly chary of his new investment proposals.’
    • ‘A judge should therefore be chary of doing that which is better done by Parliament.’
    • ‘It's likely that Docherty's endorsement had the effect of making the change in wording acceptable to Protestants who may have been chary of adopting what seemed a Catholic proposal.’
    • ‘These are some of the compositions even those adept at the art are chary of attempting.’
    • ‘One reason why some coaches may be chary of long-term visitors is the leaking of secrets, of training schedules and innovative techniques.’
    • ‘George III was thus in many ways the quintessential tabloid monarch: familiar, honest, outspoken - and chary of foreigners.’
    • ‘The US can provide the former in plenty but are chary of supplying the latter.’
    • ‘These studies addressed similar issues and reached somewhat similar conclusions (although Pew is chary of offering solutions yet).’
    • ‘Identity politics advocates rejection of the market as inherently biased in favour of those with money, but they too are chary of purely political methods, preferring to rely on rights.’
    • ‘Progress now happens but even so I am chary of believing the guest property (nearest the camera) will be ready for our mid-September holiday.’
    • ‘Although upbeat about the response, Ms. Sujatha looked chary of the financial soundness of the association.’
    • ‘Thereby proving the point that Mrs Hunt should be chary of not putting the work into her protagonist when she could in fact be missing out on the chance of giving voice to the distillation of contemporary gender politics for a generation.’
    • ‘But in general, the British have become less chary of buying overseas.’
    • ‘The loss of some teeth made him chary about playing, because of the fear that his high standards would be compromised.’
    • ‘Both administrations have their reasons for remaining cautious on both issues but that does not mean they should be equally chary about rebuilding economic bridges and forging partnerships.’
    • ‘Because the law has always been very chary of creating any new negative easements.’
    wary, cautious, circumspect, heedful, careful, on one's guard, guarded, mindful, watchful
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Old English cearig ‘sorrowful, anxious’, of West Germanic origin; related to care. The current sense arose in the mid 16th century.