wary

Describe yourself as wary if you don't quite trust someone or something and want to proceed with caution. Be wary of risky things like wild mushrooms and Internet deals!

You can trace wary through Old English back to Old High German giwar "aware, attentive." If you keep a wary eye on something, you are attentive for signs that it is becoming dangerous. Likewise, if you give someone a wary glance, your face conveys the suspicion and caution you feel. When you are wary of driving alone at night or making promises, you fear something bad might happen if you do these things.

DEFINITIONS OF: wary

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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”
Synonyms
on guard, on one's guard, on your guard, upon one's guard
vigilant
shy
wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things
Antonyms:
unwary
not alert to danger or deception
gullible
easily tricked because of being too trusting
unguarded
displaying or feeling no wariness
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adj openly distrustful and unwilling to confide

Synonyms:
leery, mistrustful, suspicious, untrusting
distrustful
having or showing distrust
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