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cautious or careful; wary:
He was chary of investing in oil wells.
shy; timid.
fastidious; choosy:
She is excessively chary about her friends.
sparing (often followed by of):
chary of his praise.
adjective charier, chariest
wary; careful
choosy; finicky
sparing; mean

Old English cearig “sorrowful” (see care (n.)). Sense evolved 16c. from “full of care” to “careful.” Cognate with Old Saxon carag, Old High German charag “sorrow, trouble, care.” Related: Charily; chariness.


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