adj. war·i·er, war·i·est
1. On guard; watchful: taught to be wary of strangers.
2. Characterized by caution: a wary glance at the black clouds.
[Middle English ware, from Old English wær; see wer-3 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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