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

/ˈwɛri//ˈwerē/