overwary

wary

[wair-ee]
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:
1545–55; ware2 + -y1

warily, adverb
wariness, noun
overwary, adjective

wary, weary, leery.


1. alert, vigilant, guarded, circumspect, prudent. See careful.
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wary (ˈwɛərɪ)
 
adj , warier, wariest
1.  watchful, cautious, or alert
2.  characterized by caution or watchfulness
 
[C16: from ware² + -y1]
 
'warily
 
adv
 
'wariness
 
n

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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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