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Synonyms for wary
ˈwɛər i

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wary(adj)

    marked by keen caution and watchful prudence

    "they were wary in their movements"; "a wary glance at the black clouds"; "taught to be wary of strangers"

    suspicious, leery, untrusting, mistrustful

    unwary, trusting, unguarded, trustful, gullible

  2. leery, mistrustful, suspicious, untrusting, wary(adj)

    openly distrustful and unwilling to confide

    fishy, leery, shady, funny, suspicious, suspect, untrusting, mistrustful

    unwary, gullible, unguarded, trusting, trustful


  1. wary(adjective)

    guarded, chary, careful, cautious

  2. wary(adjective)

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

    He is wary of dogs.

    careful, chary, guarded, cautious

  3. wary(adjective)

    Characterized by caution; guarded; careful.

    chary, cautious, careful, guarded

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. wary

    Vigilant implies more sustained activity and more intelligent volition than alert; one may be habitually alert by reason of native quickness of perception and thought, or one may be momentarily alert under some excitement or expectancy; one who is vigilant is so with thoughtful purpose. One is vigilant against danger or harm; he may be alert or watchful for good as well as against evil; he is wary in view of suspected stratagem, trickery, or treachery. A person may be wakeful because of some merely physical excitement or excitability, as through insomnia; yet he may be utterly careless and negligent in his wakefulness, the reverse of watchful; a person who is truly watchful must keep himself wakeful while on watch, in which case wakeful has something of mental quality. Watchful, from the Saxon, and vigilant, from the Latin, are almost exact equivalents; but vigilant has somewhat more of sharp definiteness and somewhat more suggestion of volition; one may be habitually watchful; one is vigilant of set purpose and for direct cause, as in the presence of an enemy. Compare ALERT.

    alert, awake, careful, cautious, circumspect, on the alert, on the lookout, sleepless, vigilant, wakeful, watchful, wide-awake

    careless, drowsy, dull, heedless, inattentive, incautious, inconsiderate, neglectful, negligent, oblivious, thoughtless, unwary

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. wary

    suspicious, cautious, watchful, guarded, circumspect, prudent, vigilant

    unwary, unsuspecting, incautious, invigilant, unwatchful, unguarded, uncircumspect, heedless

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. wary(a.)

    cautious, heedful, careful, watchful, vigilant, circumspect, prudent, discreet, guarded

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. wary(a)

    guarded, cautious, circumspect, careful, vigilant

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    cautious, careful, distrustful, suspicious, vigilant, mistrustful, prudent, warned

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How to use wary in a sentence?

  1. Wes Willis:

    If you're at a northern California beach and you're stepping over half-eaten seal carcasses in the water, you better be wary.

  2. Tim Doyle:

    There's a decent amount of curiosity from my various brothers, i always was sort of the black sheep of the family. They're interested. They're wary. I'm waiting to see how they react. Hopefully not with lawsuits.

  3. Extermination Association official Tsutomu Tanikawa:

    There are fewer people, and when rats are hungry, they become less wary of humans, this is not just a Japan problem, it is happening all over the world.

  4. Mitul Kotecha:

    China is continuing to instil a degree of stability after the sharp volatility at the beginning of the month by announcing stable to firmer fixings, tighter liquidity has contributed to a squeeze on long USD/CNH positions and will mean investors are wary of shorting CNH in the near term.

  5. RJ Intindola:

    When someone has broken the trust you bestowed in them, their likely to do it again. Be wary before speaking in front of them on any matter you don’t want to be repeated.

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