Was chary of the risks involved.
To be chary of offending others.
Was chary of compliments.
Chary of his hospitality.
An example of chary is someone who always drives just below the speed limit.
An example of chary is someone who rarely hugs others.
Other Word Forms
Origin of chary
- Middle English chari careful, sorrowful from Old English cearig sorrowful from cearu sorrow care
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.