AskDefine | Define chary

Dictionary Definition

chary adj : characterized by great cautious and wariness; "a cagey avoidance of a definite answer"; "chary of the risks involved"; "a chary investor" [syn: cagey, cagy] [also: chariest, charier]

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English

Etymology

From ċeariġ.

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. Sad, grievous.
  2. Cautious, wary, shy, ungenerous.
    • act 1 scene 3 lines 35-36
      The chariest maid is prodigal enough
      If she unmasks her beauty to the moon.
    • Shakespeare, Sonnet number 22 lines 11-12
      Bearing thy heart, which I will keep so chary
      As tender nurse her babe from faring ill
    • 2007, Stephen R. Donaldson, Fatal Revenant, ISBN 978-0-399-15446-1 Page 182
      "...When Lord Berek speaks with you and your companions alone, as he must, be chary in your replies."

Translations

sad, grievous
  • Dutch: triest, bedroefd, droevig
cautious, wary, shy, ungenerous
  • Dutch: voorzichtig, schuw, preuts

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