chary

[chair-ee]
adjective, charier, chariest.
1.
cautious or careful; wary: He was chary of investing in oil wells.
2.
shy; timid.
3.
fastidious; choosy: She is excessively chary about her friends.
4.
sparing (often followed by of ): chary of his praise.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English cearig sorrowful (c(e)ar(u) care + -ig -y1); cognate with Old Saxon karag, Old High German karag (German karg scanty, paltry)

charily, adverb
unchary, adjective


1. circumspect. 4. frugal.


1. trustful. 2. confident. 3. uncritical. 4. lavish.
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chary (ˈtʃɛərɪ)
 
adj , charier, chariest
1.  wary; careful
2.  choosy; finicky
3.  shy
4.  sparing; mean
 
[Old English cearig; related to carucare, Old High German charag sorrowful]

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chary
O.E. cearig "sorrowful" (see care). Sense evolved 16c. from "full of care" to "careful."
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Example sentences
Schneiderman is chary of talking too much now about his investigation.
Consumers, chary of spending, are hobbling domestic demand.
Reluctant to give money to poor countries, rich countries' governments became equally chary of collecting debts from them.
The change of tack may be because he is chary of the contempt the outside world holds for him.
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