chary

  • 1 Chary — Char y (ch[^a]r [y^] or ch[=a] r[y^]; 277), a. [AS. cearig careful, fr. cearu care. See {Care}.] 1. Careful; wary; cautious; not rash, or reckless; as, the latest internet IPO s were shunned by investors made chary by the poor performance of the… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 chary — [cher′ē, char′ē] adj. charier, chariest [ME chari, concerned, sorrowful < OE cearig, sorrowful < cearu, caru, CARE; change of sense by assoc. with care] 1. not taking chances; careful; cautious [to be chary of offending others] 2. not… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 chary — chary; un·chary; …

    English syllables

  • 4 chary — ► ADJECTIVE (charier, chariest) ▪ cautiously reluctant: leaders are chary of reform. ORIGIN Old English, «sorrowful, anxious» …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 chary — index circumspect, discreet, frugal, guarded, leery, parsimonious, penurious, provident (showing foresight), pru …

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  • 6 Chary — Nom porté en Lorraine (54, 57), en Saône et Loire et en Normandie (76). Il semble que ce soit un toponyme (nom de divers lieux dits dans l Est). Voir aussi Charry …

    Noms de famille

  • 7 chary — (adj.) O.E. cearig sorrowful (see CARE (Cf. care)). Sense evolved 16c. from full of care to careful. Cognate with O.S. carag, O.H.G. charag sorrow, trouble, care …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 chary — *cautious, circumspect, wary, calculating Analogous words: prudent, discreet, provident (see under PRUDENCE): *sparing, economical, frugal, thrifty: reluctant, hesitant, loath, *disinclined …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 chary — [adj] careful, cautious cagey, calculating, canny, circumspect, considerate, constrained, discreet, economical, fastidious, frugal, gingerly, guarded, heedful, hesitant, inhibited, leery, loath, miserly, particular, prudent, reluctant, restrained …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 chary — adj. 1) chary about (chary about doing smt.) 2) chary of (chary of strangers) * * * [ tʃe(ə)rɪ] chary about (chary about doing smt.) chary of (chary of strangers) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11 chary — charily, adv. /chair ee/, adj., charier, chariest. 1. cautious or careful; wary: He was chary of investing in oil wells. 2. shy; timid. 3. fastidious; choosy: She is excessively chary about her friends. 4. sparing (often fol. by of): chary of his …

    Universalium

  • 12 chary — char|y [ˈtʃeəri US ˈtʃeri] adj especially BrE [: Old English; Origin: cearig sad, anxious , from caru; CARE1] unwilling to risk doing something chary about/of doing sth ▪ Banks were chary of lending the company more money …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 chary — [[t]tʃe͟əri[/t]] ADJ GRADED: v link ADJ, usu ADJ of/about ing/n If you are chary of doing something, you are fairly cautious about doing it. I am rather chary of making too many idiotic mistakes …

    English dictionary

  • 14 chary — adjective be chary of doing sth to be unwilling to risk doing something: Many census authorities have been chary of asking for information on sensitive subjects such as ethnic background …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 chary — UK [ˈtʃeərɪ] / US [ˈtʃerɪ] adjective Word forms chary : adjective chary comparative charier superlative chariest formal unwilling to do something because you are afraid that something bad will happen …

    English dictionary

  • 16 chary — /ˈtʃɛəri / (say chairree) adjective (charier, chariest) 1. careful; wary. 2. shy. 3. fastidious; choosy. –phrase 4. chary of, sparing of: chary of his praise. {Middle English chari, Old English cearig sorrowful, from caru care} …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 17 chary — adj. (charier, chariest) 1 cautious, wary (chary of employing such people). 2 sparing; ungenerous (chary of giving praise). 3 shy. Derivatives: charily adv. chariness n. Etymology: OE cearig …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 18 chary — 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 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 chary — char|y [ tʃeri ] adjective FORMAL chary of/about unwilling to do something because you are afraid that something bad will happen …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 chary — [ tʃɛ:ri] adjective (charier, chariest) cautiously or suspiciously reluctant: leaders are chary of major reform. Derivatives charily adverb Origin OE cearig sorrowful, anxious , of W. Gmc origin; related to care …

    English new terms dictionary