Wa"ry (?), a. [Compar. Warier (?); superl. Wariest.] [OE. war, AS. waer; akin to Icel. vrr, 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.]


Cautious of danger; carefully watching and guarding against deception, artifices, and dangers; timorously or suspiciously prudent; circumspect; scrupulous; careful.

"Bear a wary eye."


We should be wary, therefore, what persecution we raise against the living labors of public men. Milton.


Characterized by caution; guarded; careful.

It behoveth our words to be wary and few. Hooker.

Syn. -- Cautious; circumspect; watchful. See Cautious.


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