When you are wary, you are cautious and you are watchful. You are probably not very happy about the situation, and you are not sure what is going to happen next.

  • He was wary of the dog, and kept his distance.

  • She was wary of the person who was following her, and kept her guard up.

Definition of wary


openly distrustful and unwilling to confide


leery, mistrustful, suspicious, untrusting


marked by keen caution and watchful prudence

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Example Sentences for wary

  • 1

    Cloudburst is extremely cautious and wary.

  • 2

    I'm wary of the neutrality of this article.

  • 3

    Another thing to be wary of is the placement of hyphens.

  • 4

    As for the climate, I was wary of the source myself.

  • 5

    I'd prefer more wariness and circumspection.

  • 6

    People are wary of the wrath unleashed by the deity.

  • 7

    The major leaders sought to moderate this wary of fanaticism.

  • 8

    At the time, Britain was very wary of the wave of events in France.

  • 9

    Kamin is very wary of the public's likelihood of damaging the pavilion.

  • 10

    I'm wary of all the extrenuous spaces in the syntax for one.