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WARY (warier, wariest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does wary mean? 

WARY (adjective)
  The adjective WARY has 2 senses:

1. marked by keen caution and watchful prudence
2. openly distrustful and unwilling to confide

  Familiarity information: WARY used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

WARY (adjective)

Sense 1wary [BACK TO TOP]


Marked by keen caution and watchful prudence

Context examples:

they were wary in their movements / a wary glance at the black clouds / taught to be wary of strangers


on guard; on one's guard; on your guard; upon one's guard (vigilant)

shy (wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things)


chariness; wariness (the trait of being cautious and watchful)


unwary (not alert to danger or deception)

Sense 2wary [BACK TO TOP]


Openly distrustful and unwilling to confide


leery; mistrustful; suspicious; untrusting; wary


distrustful (having or showing distrust)

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