wary


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Related to wary: Leary, suavity

war·y

 (wâr′ē)
adj. war·i·er, war·i·est
1. On guard; watchful: taught to be wary of strangers.
2. Characterized by caution: a wary glance at the black clouds.

[Middle English ware, from Old English wær; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

war′i·ly adv.
war′i·ness n.

wary

(ˈwɛərɪ)
adj, warier or wariest
1. watchful, cautious, or alert
2. characterized by caution or watchfulness
[C16: from ware2 + -y1]
ˈwarily adv
ˈwariness n

war•y

(ˈwɛər i)

adj. war•i•er, war•i•est.
1. watchful; being on one's guard against danger.
2. arising from caution: a wary look.
[1545–55; ware2 + -y1]
war′i•ly, adv.
war′i•ness, n.
syn: See careful.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.wary - marked by keen caution and watchful prudencewary - marked by keen caution and watchful prudence; "they were wary in their movements"; "a wary glance at the black clouds"; "taught to be wary of strangers"
unwary - not alert to danger or deception; "the shrieks of unwary animals taken by surprise"; "some thieves prey especially on unwary travelers"; "seduce the unwary reader into easy acquiescence"- O.J.Campbell
2.wary - openly distrustful and unwilling to confidewary - openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
distrustful - having or showing distrust; "a man of distrustful nature"; "my experience...in other fields of law has made me distrustful of rules of thumb generally"- B.N.Cardozo; "vigilant and distrustful superintendence"- Thomas Jefferson

wary

adjective
1. suspicious, sceptical, mistrustful, suspecting, guarded, apprehensive, cagey (informal), leery (slang), distrustful, on your guard, chary, heedful My mother always told me to be wary of strangers.
2. watchful, careful, alert, cautious, prudent, attentive, vigilant, circumspect, heedful Keep a wary eye on children when they are playing near water.
watchful rash, reckless, careless, negligent, unsuspecting, foolhardy, unwary, unguarded, imprudent, remiss

wary

adjective
1. Vigilantly attentive:
Idiom: on the ball.
2. Trying attentively to avoid danger, risk, or error:
Translations
حَذِر، مُحْتَرِس
forsigtig
bizalmatlankodóelővigyázatosgyanakvókörültekintőóvatos
varkár
piesardzīgs

wary

[ˈwɛərɪ] ADJ (warier (compar) (wariest (superl))) [person] → receloso; [manner] → cauteloso, precavido
she seems very waryparece estar muy recelosa
banks are becoming increasingly warylos bancos están volviéndose cada vez más precavidos
to keep a wary eye on sth/sb I kept a wary eye on the gathering stormcloudsobservaba con cierta preocupación los nubarrones que se acercaban
the president had to keep a wary eye on the radical faction of his partyel presidente tenía que vigilar de cerca al sector más radical de su partido
he gave her a wary lookla miró con recelo
the question made her waryla pregunta la puso en guardia
to be wary of sth/sbdesconfiar de algo/algn, no fiarse de algo/algn
to be wary of strangersdesconfiar or no fiarse de los desconocidos
they were very wary of his violent temperse mostraban muy cautelosos debido a su temperamento violento

wary

[ˈwɛəri] adjméfiant(e)
to be wary about doing sth, to be wary of doing sth → être méfiant(e) à l'idée de faire qch
to be wary of sb/sth → se méfier de qn/qch
to keep a wary eye on sb → surveiller qn de près

wary

adj (+er)vorsichtig; (= looking and planning ahead)umsichtig, klug, wachsam; lookmisstrauisch, argwöhnisch; to be wary of or about somebody/somethingsich vor jdm/einer Sache in Acht nehmen, vor jdm/einer Sache auf der Hut sein; to be wary of or about doing somethingseine Zweifel or Bedenken haben, ob man etw tun soll; be wary of talking to strangershüte dich davor, mit Fremden zu sprechen; to keep a wary eye on somebody/somethingein wachsames Auge auf jdn/etw haben

wary

[ˈwɛərɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (gen) → prudente; (manner) → cauto/a
to be wary (of) → essere diffidente (di)
to keep a wary eye on sth → tenere d'occhio qc
to be wary about or of doing sth → andare cauto/a nel fare qc

wary

(ˈweəri) adjective
cautious or on one's guard (about or concerning). Be wary of lending money to him.
ˈwarily adverb
ˈwariness noun
References in classic literature ?
But when our first little passion has been crushed, we are apt to be wary and slow in making a second trial, so Laurie let the days pass, enjoying every hour, and leaving to chance the utterance of the word that would put an end to the first and sweetest part of his new romance.
For a single instant his searching and yet wary glance met the wondering look of the other, and then changing its direction, partly in cunning, and partly in disdain, it remained fixed, as if penetrating the distant air.
He groped along as stealthily, with as cautious a tread, and as wary an outlook, as a thief entering a chamber where a man lies only half asleep -- or, it may be, broad awake -- with purpose to steal the very treasure which this man guards as the apple of his eye.
Brom, who had a degree of rough chivalry in his nature, would fain have carried matters to open warfare and have settled their pretensions to the lady, according to the mode of those most concise and simple reasoners, the knights-errant of yore, -- by single combat; but lchabod was too conscious of the superior might of his adversary to enter the lists against him; he had overheard a boast of Bones, that he would "double the schoolmaster up, and lay him on a shelf of his own schoolhouse;" and he was too wary to give him an opportunity.
When serenely advancing on one of these journeys, if any strange suspicious sights are seen, my lord whale keeps a wary eye on his interesting family.
So he went to the beetle and began a wary attack on it again; jumping at it from every point of a circle, light- ing with his fore-paws within an inch of the creature, making even closer snatches at it with his teeth, and jerking his head till his ears flapped again.
As often as the driver rested them and brought them to a stand, with a wary "Wo-ho
In the time to come, I shall have a wary eye on all admirers; and shall exact a great deal from the successful one, I assure you.
We rose, and crept out of the hut to see what it might be that stirred, for the night drew on, and it was needful to be wary, since a dog might bark at the stirring of a leaf, or perhaps it might be the distant footfall of an impi that it heard.
Thus when with meats & drinks they had suffic'd, Not burd'nd Nature, sudden mind arose In ADAM, not to let th' occasion pass Given him by this great Conference to know Of things above his World, and of thir being Who dwell in Heav'n, whose excellence he saw Transcend his own so farr, whose radiant forms Divine effulgence, whose high Power so far Exceeded human, and his wary speech Thus to th' Empyreal Minister he fram'd.
Now a snake, especially a wary old python like Kaa, very seldom shows that he is angry, but Baloo and Bagheera could see the big swallowing muscles on either side of Kaa's throat ripple and bulge.
On, then, as aforesaid, came Don Quixote against the wary Biscayan, with uplifted sword and a firm intention of splitting him in half, while on his side the Biscayan waited for him sword in hand, and under the protection of his cushion; and all present stood trembling, waiting in suspense the result of blows such as threatened to fall, and the lady in the coach and the rest of her following were making a thousand vows and offerings to all the images and shrines of Spain, that God might deliver her squire and all of them from this great peril in which they found themselves.

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