unwary


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Related to unwary: ungainly, heartrending, deigned

un·war·y

 (ŭn-wâr′ē)
adj. un·war·i·er, un·war·i·est
Not alert to danger, problems, or deception.

un·war′i·ly adv.
un·war′i·ness n.

unwary

(ʌnˈwɛərɪ)
adj
lacking caution or prudence; not vigilant or careful
unˈwarily adv
unˈwariness n

un•war•y

(ʌnˈwɛər i)

adj. , -war•i•er, -war•i•est.
not wary; not cautious or watchful, as against danger or misfortune.
[1570–80]
un•war′i•ly, adv.
un•war′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unwary - not alert to danger or deceptionunwary - 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
wary - 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

adjective careless, rash, reckless, hasty, thoughtless, unguarded, indiscreet, imprudent, heedless, incautious, uncircumspect, unwatchful The hilly roads were slick enough to cause unwary drivers to skid.
cautious, wary, discreet, prudent, guarded, watchful, circumspect, chary
Translations
غافِل، قَليل الحَيْطَه
neopatrný
uforsigtig
ógætinn
neapdairiaineapdairus
nepiesardzīgs

unwary

[ʌnˈwɛərɪ] ADJimprudente, incauto

unwary

[ʌnˈwɛəri] adjimprudent(e)

unwary

[ʌnˈwɛərɪ] adjincauto/a

unwary

(anˈweəri) adjective
not cautious. If you are unwary he will cheat you.
unˈwarily adverb
unˈwariness noun
References in classic literature ?
Was the tribe inhabiting the Isle of Thanet of a ferocious disposition, I wonder, and ready to fall with stone-studded clubs and wooden lances hardened in the fire, upon the backs of unwary mariners?
Supposing that by these words Anna Pavlovna was somewhat lifting the veil from the secret of the countess' malady, an unwary young man ventured to express surprise that well known doctors had not been called in and that the countess was being attended by a charlatan who might employ dangerous remedies.
The constant battle of wits and senses against the many deadly foes that lurked by day and by night along the pathway of the wary and the unwary appealed to the spirit of adventure which breathes strong in the heart of every red-blooded son of primordial Adam.
This mode has, in such cases, vastly the advantage of elections by the people in their collective capacity, where the activity of party zeal, taking the advantage of the supineness, the ignorance, and the hopes and fears of the unwary and interested, often places men in office by the votes of a small proportion of the electors.
Otherwise the angles might inflict on the unwary Feeler irreparable injury.
I could heartily wish a law was enacted, that every traveller, before he were permitted to publish his voyages, should be obliged to make oath before the Lord High Chancellor, that all he intended to print was absolutely true to the best of his knowledge; for then the world would no longer be deceived, as it usually is, while some writers, to make their works pass the better upon the public, impose the grossest falsities on the unwary reader.
It was a Byzantine cistern, which the popular fancy had endowed with fantastic vastness; and the legend which he read told that a boat was always moored at the entrance to tempt the unwary, but no traveller venturing into the darkness had ever been seen again.
All its length and breadth was paved with smooth bricks of a bright yellow color, so it was smooth and level except in a few places where the bricks had crumbled or been removed, leaving holes that might cause the unwary to stumble.
Soiled waiters ran to and fro, swooping down like hawks on the unwary in the throng; clattering along the aisles with trays covered with glasses; stumbling over women's skirts and charging two prices for everything but beer, all with a swiftness that blurred the view of the cocoanut palms and dusty monstrosities painted upon the walls of the room.
Here and there the grease and filth have caked solid, and the creek looks like a bed of lava; chickens walk about on it, feeding, and many times an unwary stranger has started to stroll across, and vanished temporarily.
There I hid myself under the shadow of the wall, and crouched down cautiously; and hardly was I concealed, when I saw my wife approaching in company with a ghoul--one of those demons which, as your Highness is aware, wander about the country making their lairs in deserted buildings and springing out upon unwary travellers whose flesh they eat.
Gradually he became accustomed to the strange noises and the odd ways of civilization, so that presently none might know that two short months before, this handsome Frenchman in immaculate white ducks, who laughed and chatted with the gayest of them, had been swinging naked through primeval forests to pounce upon some unwary victim, which, raw, was to fill his savage belly.