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chariest

chariest is a superlative form of chary

chary

Definition:

characterized by great caution and wariness

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

chariness

Derivative:

charily

Comparative:

charier

Superlative:

chariest

Similar to:

cautious

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage examples:

  • chary of the risks involved
  • a chary investor

Synonyms:

cagey | cagy

Etymology:

Middle English, from Old English ċeariġ ("careful, sorrowful, pensive, wary,...
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Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

chary | wary [synonym, sense-specific] | choosy [synonym, sense-specific] | shy [synonym, sense-specific] | mean [synonym, sense-specific] | careful [synonym, sense-specific] | finicky [synonym, sense-specific] | sparing [synonym, sense-specific]

wary; careful | choosy; finicky | shy | sparing; mean (7 of 464 words, 4 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/chary

Merriam-Webster:

chary | charier [comparative] | chariest [superlative] | dear [synonym, sense-specific] | treasured [synonym, sense-specific] | alert [synonym, sense-specific] | cautious [synonym, sense-specific] | careful [synonym, sense-specific] | circumspect [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[archaic] "dear", "treasured" | discreetly cautious: as ; hesitant and vigilant about dangers and risks ; slow to grant, accept, or expend (21 of 156 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/chary

Wiktionary:

chary | charier [comparative] | chariest [superlative] | Sad [synonym, sense-specific] | grievous [synonym, sense-specific] | careful [synonym, sense-specific] | wary [synonym, sense-specific] | Sparing [synonym, sense-specific] | frugal [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[obsolete] Sad; sorrowful; grievous. | Disposed to cherish with care; careful. | Cautious; wary; shy. | Sparing; not lavish; not disposed to give freely; frugal; ungenerous. (23 of 70 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/chary

Oxford Dictionary:

chary | charier [comparative] | chariest [superlative] | charily [derived]

cautiously or suspiciously reluctant to do something (7 of 58 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/chary

American Heritage Dictionary:

chary | charier [comparative] | chariest [superlative] | charily [adverb, related] | chariness [noun, related]

Very cautious; wary | Not giving or expending freely; sparing (9 of 45 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

chary | charier [comparative] | chariest [superlative]

not taking chances; careful; cautious | not giving freely; sparing (9 of 44 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/chary

Random House Dictionary:

chary | charier [comparative] | chariest [superlative] | sparing [synonym, often followed by, sense-specific]

cautious or careful; wary. | shy; timid. | fastidious; choosy. | sparing (often followed by "of") (13 of 43 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/chary

Macmillan British Dictionary:

chary [formal] | charier [comparative] | chariest [superlative]

unwilling to do something because you are afraid that something bad will happen (13 of 38 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/chary

Cambridge Dictionary:

chary

uncertain and frightened to take risks; unwilling to take action (10 of 27 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/chary

Wikipedia:

Cautiousness

a faculty from Phrenology. Cautious means careful or to watch out. The connotation of this is neutral. Example: The sign told people to be Cautious of the hole. Moderately developed, cautiousness brings balanced circumspection, the capacity to act and ... (39 of 210 words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

chary | charier [comparative] | chariest [superlative]

cautiously reluctant to do something | reluctant to share, give, or use something | fussily concerned | showing or characterized by shyness or modesty (21 of 56 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861596354​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

chary

Origin: Middle English, from Old English ċeariġ ("careful, sorrowful, pensive, wary, chary, anxious, grievous, dire"), from Proto-Germanic *karagaz ("anxious, sad"), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵār- ("voice, exclamation"), equivalent to ... (26 of 49 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/chary

Online Etymology:

chary

Origin: Old English cearig "sorrowful". Sense evolved 16th century from "full of care" to "careful". Cognate with Old Saxon carag, Old High ... (21 of 26 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

chary | charier [comparative] | chariest [superlative]

Origin: Old English cearig "sorrowful, anxious", of West Germanic origin; related to "care". The current sense arose in the mid 16th century

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/chary

New World Dictionary:

chary | charier [comparative] | chariest [superlative]

Origin: Middle English chari, concerned, sorrowful from Old English cearig, sorrowful from cearu, caru, "care"; change of sense by association with care

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American Heritage Dictionary:

chary | charier [comparative] | chariest [superlative]

Origin: Middle English chari, careful, sorrowful, from Old English cearig, sorrowful, from cearu, sorrow; see "care".

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Merriam-Webster:

chary | charier [comparative] | chariest [superlative]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, sorrowful, dear, from Old English cearig sorrowful, from caru sorrow

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/chary

Collins Dictionary:

chary

Origin: Old English cearig; related to carucare, Old High German charag sorrowful

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/chary

Encarta Dictionary:

chary | charier [comparative] | chariest [superlative]

Origin: Old English cearig "sorrowful" from Germanic

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861596354​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

chary

Audio: British English pronunciation of "chary"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/chary

Macmillan British Dictionary:

chary [formal] | charier [comparative] | chariest [superlative]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "chary"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/chary

Macmillan American Dictionary:

chary [formal] | charier [comparative] | chariest [superlative]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "chary"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/chary

Cambridge Dictionary:

chary

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "chary"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "chary"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/chary

the Free Dictionary:

chary

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "chary"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "chary"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "chary" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/chary

Google Dictionary:

chary | charier [comparative] | chariest [superlative]

Audio: English pronunciation of "chary"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

chary

Audio: North American pronunciation of "chary"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=chary​001 word=chary

YourDictionary Audio:

chary

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "chary" by speech synthesizer

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