AskDefine | Define wary

Dictionary Definition

wary adj
1 marked by keen caution and watchful prudence; "they were wary in their movements"; "a wary glance at the black clouds"; "taught to be wary of strangers" [ant: unwary]
2 openly distrustful and unwilling to confide [syn: leery, mistrustful, suspicious, untrusting] [also: wariest, warier]

User Contributed Dictionary



From the adjective ware



  1. Cautious of danger; carefully watching and guarding against deception, artifices, and dangers; timorously or suspiciously prudent; circumspect; scrupulous; careful.
    He is wary of dogs.
  2. Characterized by caution; guarded; careful.

Derived terms


cautious of danger; timorously or suspiciously prudent; circumspect; scrupulous
  • Hungarian: gyanakvó, bizalmatlankodó
characterized by caution; guarded; careful
  • Hungarian: óvatos, elővigyázatos, körültekintő

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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