Definition of warily in US English:

warily

adverb

  • 1Cautiously; carefully.

    ‘they walk warily down the street, terrified of being caught’
    • ‘Offered his old job back by former boss Hunter, in return for taking on a case, he warily accepts.’
    • ‘Both Harriet and William strike the reader as somewhat eccentric, the sort of neighbors or colleagues one tolerates but befriends only warily.’
    • ‘But while the desire to escape the British climate may be strong, you need to tread warily if your dream home in the sun is not to become a nightmare.’
    • ‘And synod and churchwide leaders look warily toward the future.’
    • ‘Even the most instinctively bellicose warily warn of making matters worse.’
    • ‘Oxford is watching warily for a mumps outbreak as universities across the country see case after case.’
    • ‘Color plays a pivotal role in a website's impact, thus, it must be considered warily.’
    • ‘And that's exactly why third-year Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington, a Pro Bowler in 2001, is approaching the season warily.’
    • ‘If you do go down this route then please tread warily.’
    • ‘Marines stepped warily around the bodies, looking for their own comrades.’
    • ‘Gabriel made his way warily down the row of curtained cubicles.’
    • ‘Upon warily entering a cafe you're immediately barked at for your order.’
    • ‘When the questioner is employed by the state broadcaster of one of the occupying powers, the respondents might be expected to answer warily.’
    • ‘Dunfermline had more reason than most to approach the match warily.’
    • ‘In desperation, she entered warily into a sexual liaison with an army captain, who offered some promise of economic stability.’
    • ‘I warily approach her, softly calling her name.’
    • ‘Adjustment comes in stages, each step taken warily.’
    • ‘Warily, he reached out and turned the knob, easing the door open.’
    • ‘They freeze, lapse into a wide-eyed silence, then warily continue their conversation.’
    • ‘Nobuyuki Yamaguchi concedes that conservationists need to tread warily in the U.K., a nation of pet lovers.’
    • ‘You had to approach these people warily.’
    carefully, with care, cautiously, gingerly, circumspectly, charily, guardedly, on one's guard, on the alert, on the lookout, on the qui vive, attentively, heedfully, watchfully, vigilantly, observantly, alertly, cannily
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    1. 1.1 In a way that shows a lack of trust; suspiciously.
      ‘she looked at him warily’
      • ‘Elizabeth just looked at her warily, not moving from where she stood.’
      • ‘Bombarded with stories about unscrupulous corporate executives and the employees they done wrong, workers begin to gaze warily at their own managers.’
      • ‘He looks warily at her, but she assures him, "Nothing's gonna happen."’
      • ‘Amid widespread fears that York is being over-developed, many residents will view the proposal warily.’
      • ‘Elsewhere, ethnic groups continue to eye one another warily.’
      • ‘Kill white men the Crows did not, but trappers regarded them warily.’
      • ‘Will his followers climb that mountain with him or will they stay a few feet away and watch him warily?’
      • ‘It was enough to know they were there, watching warily from their cover as we passed them by.’
      • ‘She eyed him warily for a moment, then nodded.’
      • ‘Bennett Templar eyed the envelope warily without touching it.’
      • ‘They both turned to Paxton, who was watching them warily, apparently not wanting to get too close to Seth, which irritated him.’
      • ‘He looked back to Jessie, who regarded him warily from beneath a cascade of reddish curls.’
      • ‘In a photo taken in 1965, the year my first child was born and my brother died, I eye the camera warily, my mouth in a tense line.’
      • ‘Large-scale demonstrations were held and warily tolerated by the military.’
      • ‘At that moment, Anne let out a huge yawn, and Lady Catherine looked at her warily.’
      • ‘Institutions that were once accorded great deference including the government and the military are now eyed warily.’
      suspiciously, distrustfully, mistrustfully, charily, cautiously, uneasily
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Pronunciation

warily

/ˈwerəlē//ˈwɛrəli/