As a rule, I am chary about doling out diagnoses unless there is a clear indication to do so.
Of such influence as he could properly exert among members of the House he was not chary.
The maestro was an old man and chary of his words; yet even he was stirred to enthusiasm.
They went sedately, in all seeming, for the mountain folk are chary in demonstrations of affection.
He realized that, had it not been for her, the Camerons would have been chary of taking him aboard.
And one cannot be astonished if the Roumanians in Serbia are chary of believing that their native land has changed for the better.
There are scores of them, there, and some are none too chary about the sort of business they are employed in.
You must excuse me, Captain Ernscliffe, for it is one of the traits of my profession to be chary of mentioning names.
Capitalists were chary of aviation; they had no faith in it.
If it could be done by a subscription for two nights, for instance, I would not be chary of my time and trouble.
Old English cearig "sorrowful" (see care (n.)). Sense evolved 16c. from "full of care" to "careful." Cognate with Old Saxon carag, Old High German charag "sorrow, trouble, care." Related: Charily; chariness.