chary


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char·y

 (châr′ē)
adj. char·i·er, char·i·est
1. Very cautious; wary: was chary of the risks involved.
2. Not giving or expending freely; sparing: was chary of compliments.

[Middle English chari, careful, sorrowful, from Old English cearig, sorrowful, from cearu, sorrow; see care.]

char′i·ly adv.
char′i·ness n.

chary

(ˈtʃɛərɪ)
adj, charier or chariest
1. wary; careful
2. choosy; finicky
3. shy
4. sparing; mean
[Old English cearig; related to caru care, Old High German charag sorrowful]

char•y

(ˈtʃɛər i)

adj. char•i•er, char•i•est.
1. cautious or careful; wary.
2. shy; timid.
3. particular; choosy.
4. sparing; frugal (often fol. by of): chary of his praise.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English cearig sorrowful =c(e)ar(u) care + -ig -y1]
char′i•ly, adv.
char′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.chary - characterized by great caution and wariness; "a cagey avoidance of a definite answer"; "chary of the risks involved"; "a chary investor"
cautious - showing careful forethought; "reserved and cautious; never making swift decisions"; "a cautious driver"

chary

adjective
1. wary, guarded, careful, reluctant, cautious, suspicious, uneasy, scrupulous, circumspect, leery (slang), heedful Some people are rather chary of being associated with him.

chary

adjective
1. Trying attentively to avoid danger, risk, or error:
2. Careful in the use of material resources:
Translations
حَذِر، مُحْتَرِس
bedlivýopatrný
varsom
aîgætinn
piesardzīgs
dikkatliihtiyatlı

chary

[ˈtʃɛərɪ] ADJ (charier (compar) (chariest (superl)))
1. (= wary) → cauteloso
he's chary of getting involvedevita inmiscuirse
2. (= sparing) she's chary in her praiseno se prodiga en alabanzas

chary

[ˈtʃɛəri] adj (= cautious) to be chary of sth, to be chary about sth → être méfiant(e) à l'égard de qch, se méfier de qch
to be chary of doing sth, to be chary about doing sth → hésiter à faire qch

chary

adj (+er) (= cautious)vorsichtig; (= sparing)zurückhaltend (of mit); I’d be chary of taking lifts from strangers if I were youan deiner Stelle würde ich nicht so ohne Weiteres mit Fremden mitfahren; he is chary of giving praiseer ist mit Lob zurückhaltend

chary

[ˈtʃɛərɪ] adjcauto/a, attento/a
to be chary of doing sth → andare con i piedi di piombo prima di fare qc

chary

(ˈtʃeəri) adjective
(with of) cautious. Be chary of lending money to someone you don't know very well.
References in classic literature ?
But surely a gentleman so chary of his steps would stop there; no doubt-- but, then, it was none the less true that he was going away, this so domestic person hitherto!
Prince Vasili knew this, and having once realized that if he asked on behalf of all who begged of him, he would soon be unable to ask for himself, he became chary of using his influence.
In fact, he had found that his fads added to his reputation as a pudd'nhead; there, he was growing chary of being too communicative about them.
Madame Defarge wore no rose in her head, for the great brotherhood of Spies had become, even in one short week, extremely chary of trusting themselves to the saint's mercies.
I should have been chary of discussing my guardian too freely even with her; but I should have gone on with the subject so far as to describe the dinner in Gerrard-street, if we had not then come into a sudden glare of gas.
On each creek he was entitled to locate one claim, but he was chary in thus surrendering up his chances.
But sometimes it happened that Marner, pausing to adjust an irregularity in his thread, became aware of the small scoundrels, and, though chary of his time, he liked their intrusion so ill that he would descend from his loom, and, opening the door, would fix on them a gaze that was always enough to make them take to their legs in terror.
Fortunately, however chary the Indians might be of their horses, they were liberal of their dogs.
A young girl--especially if she be a very pretty one--can never be too chary of her lips.
He was naturally humane, but possessed of no small share of moral courage; or, in other words, he was chary of the lives of his patients, and never tried uncertain experiments on such members of society as were considered useful; but, once or twice, when a luckless vagrant had come under his care, he was a little addicted to trying the effects of every phial in his saddle-bags on the strangers constitution.
The brothers William and Frederick Dorrit, walking up and down the College-yard--of course on the aristocratic or Pump side, for the Father made it a point of his state to be chary of going among his children on the Poor side, except on Sunday mornings, Christmas Days, and other occasions of ceremony, in the observance whereof he was very punctual, and at which times he laid his hand upon the heads of their infants, and blessed those young insolvents with a benignity that was highly edifying--the brothers, walking up and down the College-yard together, were a memorable sight.
As he had no idea of deceiving her, and always desired to please her, he was thus made chary of launching into expense.