Definition of warily in English:

warily

adverb

  • 1Cautiously; carefully.

    ‘they walk warily down the street, terrified of being caught’
    • ‘You had to approach these people warily.’
    • ‘Oxford is watching warily for a mumps outbreak as universities across the country see case after case.’
    • ‘Both Harriet and William strike the reader as somewhat eccentric, the sort of neighbors or colleagues one tolerates but befriends only warily.’
    • ‘Adjustment comes in stages, each step taken 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nobuyuki Yamaguchi concedes that conservationists need to tread warily in the U.K., a nation of pet lovers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Marines stepped warily around the bodies, looking for their own comrades.’
    • ‘When the questioner is employed by the state broadcaster of one of the occupying powers, the respondents might be expected to answer warily.’
    • ‘And that's exactly why third-year Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington, a Pro Bowler in 2001, is approaching the season warily.’
    • ‘Even the most instinctively bellicose warily warn of making matters worse.’
    • ‘Color plays a pivotal role in a website's impact, thus, it must be considered warily.’
    • ‘Gabriel made his way warily down the row of curtained cubicles.’
    • ‘I warily approach her, softly calling her name.’
    • ‘Offered his old job back by former boss Hunter, in return for taking on a case, he warily accepts.’
    • ‘Upon warily entering a cafe you're immediately barked at for your order.’
    • ‘If you do go down this route then please tread warily.’
    • ‘And synod and churchwide leaders look warily toward the future.’
    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.’
      • ‘He looks warily at her, but she assures him, "Nothing's gonna happen."’
      • ‘He looked back to Jessie, who regarded him warily from beneath a cascade of reddish curls.’
      • ‘They both turned to Paxton, who was watching them warily, apparently not wanting to get too close to Seth, which irritated him.’
      • ‘Kill white men the Crows did not, but trappers regarded them warily.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She eyed him warily for a moment, then nodded.’
      • ‘At that moment, Anne let out a huge yawn, and Lady Catherine looked at her warily.’
      • ‘Large-scale demonstrations were held and warily tolerated by the military.’
      • ‘Bombarded with stories about unscrupulous corporate executives and the employees they done wrong, workers begin to gaze warily at their own managers.’
      • ‘Bennett Templar eyed the envelope warily without touching it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Institutions that were once accorded great deference including the government and the military are now eyed warily.’
      • ‘Elsewhere, ethnic groups continue to eye one another warily.’
      • ‘Amid widespread fears that York is being over-developed, many residents will view the proposal warily.’
      suspiciously, distrustfully, mistrustfully, charily, cautiously, uneasily
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Pronunciation

warily

/ˈwɛːrɪli/