Being chary (pronounced CHAIR-ee) is being wary or cautious. If you lost two teeth in last year’s rugby season, you should be chary of signing up again this year.
- Pronunciation: / 'tʃɛri/
- English Description: characterized by great caution and wariness
- Synonyms: cautious
- Chinese Translation: 谨慎的(jin3 shen4 de)
- Spanish Translation: cauteloso
- ORIGIN: Chary comes from the Old English word cearig for "sorrowful, careful," which is basically what you are if you’re chary. If you’re a little suspicious of something and mulling it over, you’re being chary. A synonym of chary is wary, and both include caution, but some definitions suggest that it's obvious when someone is wary — it shows — while being chary is more of an inside, or hidden, distrust.
- It would be chary of me, as a Post columnist, not to acknowledge the yeoman-like work the Times has done on the e-mail story.
- Elected officials have been understandably chary of fiddling with something that engenders so much political goodwill.
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