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chary Explained

chary at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


chary at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

O.E. cearig "sorrowful" (see care). Sense evolved 16c. from "full of care" to "careful." ///

chary at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

adj especially BrE [Language: 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.//

chary at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

47 Moby Thesaurus words for "chary":
Scotch, cagey, calculating, canny, careful, cheeseparing,
circumspect, conserving, considerate, constrained, discreet,
disinclined, distrustful, economic, economical, economizing,
forehanded, frugal, gingerly, guarded, hesitant, inhibited,
labor-saving, leery, loath, mistrustful, money-saving,
parsimonious, penny-wise, provident, prudent, prudential,
reluctant, restrained, safe, saving, scrimping, shy, skimping,
spare, sparing, suspecting, suspicious, thrifty, time-saving,
unwasteful, wary

chary at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

~ of sth / of doing sth not willing to risk doing sth; fearing possible problems if you do sth

Chary at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Chary \Char"y\, a. [AS. cearig careful, fr. cearu care. See
Careful; wary; cautious; not rash, reckless, or spendthrift;
saving; frugal.

His rising reputation made him more chary of his fame.

chary at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

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}]

chary at English (WD) Of Explained:



From Inter: etyl » enm, from Inter: etyl » ang Inter: term » cearig|ċeariġ|careful, sorrowful, pensive, wary, chary, anxious, grievous, dire|lang=ang, from Inter: etyl » gem-pro|en Inter: recons » karagaz||anxious, sad|lang=gem-pro, from Inter: etyl » ine-pro|en Inter: recons » ǵār-||voice, exclamation|lang=ine-pro, equivalent to Inter: suffix » care|y. Cognate with Inter: etyl » nl|- Inter: term » karig||scant, sparing, austere|lang=nl, Inter: etyl » de|- Inter: term » karg||meagre, barren, poor|lang=de and Inter: etyl » no|- Inter: term » karrig||meagre, barren, poor|lang=no. More at Inter: l » en|care.


* Inter: a » RP Inter: IPA » /ˈtʃɛəɹi/
  • Inter: a » GenAm Inter: IPA » /ˈtʃɛɹi/
  • Inter: rhymes » ɛəɹi
  • Inter: homophones » cherry|lang=en Inter: qualifier » one pronunciation


    Inter: en-adj » chari|er

  • Inter: obsolet » e Sad; sorrowful; grievous.
    1. Disposed to cherish with care; careful.
    2. Cautious; wary; shy.
    3. Inter: RQ:Shakespeare Hamle » t act 1 scene 3 lines 35-36
    4. : The chariest maid is prodigal enough / If she unmasks her beauty to the moon.
    5. Shakespeare, Sonnet number 22 lines 11-12
    6. : Bearing thy heart, which I will keep so chary / As tender nurse her babe from faring ill''
    7. 2007, Stephen R. Donaldson, Fatal Revenant, ISBN 978-0-399-15446-1 Page 182
    8. : "...When Lord Berek speaks with you and your companions alone, as he must, be chary in your replies."
    9. Sparing; not lavish; not disposed to give freely; frugal; ungenerous.
    10. : I am chary of giving him too many compliments and favours.


      Inter: trans-top » sad, grievous

  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|тъжен

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|triest, Inter: t+ » nl|bedroefd, Inter: t+ » nl|droevig

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » cautious, wary, shy, ungenerous
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|предпазлив, Inter: t+ » bg|сдържан
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|voorzichtig, Inter: t- » nl|schuw, Inter: t+ » nl|preuts

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Norwegian: Inter: t- » no|forsiktig, Inter: t+ » no|varsom

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Translation: de » chary
    Translation: et » chary
    Translation: ko » chary
    Translation: io » chary
    Translation: it » chary
    Translation: kn » chary
    Translation: ku » chary
    Translation: ml » chary
    Translation: my » chary
    Translation: pl » chary
    Translation: ru » chary
    Translation: ta » chary
    Translation: te » chary
    Translation: vi » chary
    Translation: zh » chary