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chary

[chair-ee] /ˈtʃɛər i/
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 of chary
1000
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)
Related forms
charily, adverb
unchary, adjective
Synonyms
1. circumspect. 4. frugal.
Antonyms
1. trustful. 2. confident. 3. uncritical. 4. lavish.
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chary

/ˈtʃɛərɪ/
adjective charier, chariest
1.
wary; careful
2.
choosy; finicky
3.
shy
4.
sparing; mean
Word Origin
Old English cearig; related to carucare, Old High German charag sorrowful
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Word Origin and History for chary
adj.

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.

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