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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wair-ee]
    • /ˈwɛər i/
    • /ˈweə.ri/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wair-ee]
    • /ˈwɛər i/

Definitions of wary word

  • adjective wary watchful; being on one's guard against danger. 1
  • adjective wary arising from or characterized by caution: to give someone a wary look. 1
  • noun wary Feeling or showing caution about possible dangers or problems. 1
  • adjective wary If you are wary of something or someone, you are cautious because you do not know much about them and you believe they may be dangerous or cause problems. 0
  • adjective wary watchful, cautious, or alert 0
  • adjective wary characterized by caution or watchfulness 0

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Origin of wary

First appearance:

before 1545
One of the 30% oldest English words
First recorded in 1545-55; ware2 + -y1

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Parts of speech for Wary


wary popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 86% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

wary usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for wary

adjective wary

  • watchful — vigilant or alert; closely observant: The sentry remained watchful throughout the night.
  • cautious — Someone who is cautious acts very carefully in order to avoid possible danger.
  • suspicious — tending to cause or excite suspicion; questionable: suspicious behavior.
  • distrustful — unable or unwilling to trust; doubtful; suspicious: An alert scientist is distrustful of coincidences.
  • mistrustful — full of mistrust; suspicious.

adverb wary

  • on one's toes — one of the terminal digits of the human foot.
  • on the watch — to be alertly on the lookout, look attentively, or observe, as to see what comes, is done, or happens: to watch while an experiment is performed.

Antonyms for wary

adjective wary

  • careless — If you are careless, you do not pay enough attention to what you are doing, and so you make mistakes, or cause harm or damage.
  • certain — If you are certain about something, you firmly believe it is true and have no doubt about it. If you are not certain about something, you do not have definite knowledge about it.
  • inattentive — not attentive; negligent.
  • incautious — not cautious; careless; reckless; heedless.
  • inconsiderate — without due regard for the rights or feelings of others: It was inconsiderate of him to keep us waiting.

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