Warier
Wary Wa"ry, a. [Compar. {Warier}; superl. {Wariest}.] [OE. war, AS. w[ae]r; akin to Icel. v?rr, Dan. & Sw. var, Goth. wars, G. gewahr aware, OHG. wara notice, attention, Gr. ? to see. Cf. {Aware}, {Garment}, {Garnish}, {Garrison}, {Panorama}, {Ward}, v. t. {Ware}, a., {Warren}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Cautious of danger; carefully watching and guarding against deception, artifices, and dangers; timorously or suspiciously prudent; circumspect; scrupulous; careful. ``Bear a wary eye.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

We should be wary, therefore, what persecution we raise against the living labors of public men. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Characterized by caution; guarded; careful. [1913 Webster]

It behoveth our words to be wary and few. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Cautious; circumspect; watchful. See {Cautious}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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