adjective (charier; -est) Etymology: Middle English, sorrowful, dear, from Old English cearig sorrowful, from caru sorrow — more at care Date: 15th century 1. archaic dear, treasured 2. discreetly cautious: as a. hesitant and vigilant about dangers and risks b. slow to grant, accept, or expend <
a person very chary of compliments
Synonyms: see cautiouscharily adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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