Definition of wary in English:

wary

adjective

  • Feeling or showing caution about possible dangers or problems.

    ‘dogs that have been mistreated often remain very wary of strangers’
    ‘a wary look’
    • ‘Some taxpayers might be wary of online filing because of earlier problems with the system.’
    • ‘So just as much as the text in an article, be wary of the message presented in any image.’
    • ‘She had learned too early in life to be wary and watchful, to worry and to expect the worst.’
    • ‘How often have those five simple words struck terror into the heart of the wary viewer?’
    • ‘I was wary of him at first and he had to ask my permission to give me a kiss.’
    • ‘We understand some people may be wary of changing the NHS that we all grew up with.’
    • ‘She still has problems with her knee and says she is wary about going into town with her handbag.’
    • ‘Yet he was once a quarter-finalist at junior Wimbledon and has no need to be wary.’
    • ‘He also taught me that you should be most wary when politicians are trying to get something.’
    • ‘Perhaps he is wary of appearing to be an apologist in the eyes of his western readers.’
    • ‘It is important to be wary of the way in which words are used to influence our thinking.’
    • ‘He was truly despairing, but the muted female voice was firm, but understandably wary.’
    • ‘Shrewd and wary was Leofric, careful and measured in all things, nothing beyond him.’
    • ‘We should be wary of dangers to our liberty and privacy with the excuse of security.’
    • ‘It is no wonder that the bosses of small companies are wary of treading the stock market path.’
    • ‘Mr Fisher says that with the advent of new technology teachers need to be wary.’
    • ‘A panic alarm had been installed at his home by police and he was still wary about going out.’
    • ‘I was always a bit wary of its claim to being the chosen resting place of Pocahontas.’
    • ‘Keays said she was now wary about her daughter's desire to meet with her father.’
    • ‘It does make you feel wary of other people in that profession, which is a shame.’
    cautious, careful, circumspect, on one's guard, chary, alert, on the alert, on the lookout, on the qui vive, prudent
    suspicious, chary, careful, distrustful, mistrustful, sceptical, doubtful, dubious
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Origin

Late 15th century: from ware + -y.

Pronunciation:

wary

/ˈwerē/