Definition of warily in English:



  • 1Cautiously; carefully.

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