- An example of chary is someone who always drives just below the speed limit.
- An example of chary is someone who rarely hugs others.
- not taking chances; careful; cautious: to be chary of offending others
- not giving freely; sparing: chary of his hospitality
Origin of charyMiddle English chari, concerned, sorrowful ; from Old English cearig, sorrowful ; from cearu, caru, care; change of sense by associated, association with care
- Very cautious; wary: was chary of the risks involved.
- Not giving or expending freely; sparing: was chary of compliments.
Origin of charyMiddle English chari, careful, sorrowful, from Old English cearig, sorrowful, from cearu, sorrow; see care.
(comparative charier, superlative chariest)
From Middle English chary, from Old English ċeariġ (“careful, sorrowful, pensive, wary, chary, anxious, grievous, dire”), from Proto-Germanic *karagaz (“anxious, sad”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵār- (“voice, exclamation”), equivalent to care + -y. Cognate with Dutch karig (“scant, sparing, austere”), German karg (“meagre, barren, poor”) and Norwegian karrig (“meagre, barren, poor”). More at care.