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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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