Chary definition

chârē
Very cautious; wary.

Was chary of the risks involved.

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Not taking chances; careful; cautious.

To be chary of offending others.

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Not giving or expending freely; sparing.

Was chary of compliments.

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Not giving freely; sparing.

Chary of his hospitality.

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Disposed to cherish with care; careful.
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Sparing; not lavish; not disposed to give freely; frugal; ungenerous.
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The definition of chary is a person who does not take chances or is not very giving.

An example of chary is someone who always drives just below the speed limit.

An example of chary is someone who rarely hugs others.

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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
chary
Comparative:
charier
Superlative:
chariest

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.

    From Wiktionary