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wary

[wair-ee] /ˈwɛər i/
adjective, warier, wariest.
1.
watchful; being on one's guard against danger.
2.
arising from or characterized by caution:
to give someone a wary look.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; ware2 + -y1
Related forms
warily, adverb
wariness, noun
overwary, adjective
Can be confused
wary, weary, leery.
Synonyms
1. alert, vigilant, guarded, circumspect, prudent. See careful.
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British Dictionary definitions for overwary

wary

/ˈwɛərɪ/
adjective warier, wariest
1.
watchful, cautious, or alert
2.
characterized by caution or watchfulness
Derived Forms
warily, adverb
wariness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from ware² + -y1
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Word Origin and History for overwary
wary
1552, from O.E. wær "prudent, aware, alert, wary," from P.Gmc. *waraz (cf. O.N. varr "attentive," Goth. wars "cautious," O.S. giwar, M.Du. gheware, O.H.G. giwar, Ger. gewahr "aware"), from PIE base *wer- "to cover" (see weir).
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