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Definition of ‘chary’

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adjective [verb-link ADJECTIVE]

If you are chary of doing something, you are fairly cautious about doing it.
I am rather chary of making too many idiotic mistakes. [+ of]

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chary in British


adjectiveWord forms: charier or chariest


wary ; careful

choosy ; finicky


sparing ; mean
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Word origin of ‘chary’

Old English cearig; related to caru care, Old High German charag sorrowful

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chary in American

; cherˈē; ˈtʃæri
; charˈē)

adjectiveWord forms: ˈcharier or ˈchariest


not taking chances ; careful; cautious
to be chary of offending others

not giving freely; sparing
chary of his hospitality

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by
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Word origin of ‘chary’

ME chari, concerned, sorrowful < OE cearig, sorrowful < cearu, caru, care ; change of sense by assoc. with care

Example sentences containing ‘chary’

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And on the few occasions when she did she might well be chary of advertising her failure. Moore, Margaret FORESTS OF THE NIGHT (2001)
People often were chary of letting their hand luggage out of sight on Waybright Charters . S.M. Stirling T2: INFILTRATOR (2001)

Trends of ‘chary’

Used Occasionally. chary is one of the 30000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary

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Nearby words of ‘chary’

  • charver
  • charwoman
  • charwomen
  • chary
  • Charybdis
  • chase
  • chase away

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Definition of chary from the
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Scrabble score for ‘chary’: 13
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