Adjective "wary" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Feeling or showing caution about possible dangers or problems.
  1. 'a wary look'
  2. 'We should be wary of dangers to our liberty and privacy with the excuse of security.'
  3. 'It does make you feel wary of other people in that profession, which is a shame.'
  4. 'We understand some people may be wary of changing the NHS that we all grew up with.'
  5. 'He was truly despairing, but the muted female voice was firm, but understandably wary.'
  6. 'Keays said she was now wary about her daughter's desire to meet with her father.'
  7. 'Some taxpayers might be wary of online filing because of earlier problems with the system.'
  8. 'Perhaps he is wary of appearing to be an apologist in the eyes of his western readers.'
  9. 'She still has problems with her knee and says she is wary about going into town with her handbag.'
  10. 'She had learned too early in life to be wary and watchful, to worry and to expect the worst.'
  11. 'I was wary of him at first and he had to ask my permission to give me a kiss.'


1. watchful; being on one's guard against danger.

2. arising from or characterized by caution: to give someone a wary look.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be wary of things."

"people can be wary of people."

"places can be wary of things."

"markets can be wary of things."

"traders can be wary of things."

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Late 15th century: from ware + -y.