he was trained to be wary

cautious, careful, circumspect, on one's guard, chary, alert, on the lookout, attentive, heedful, watchful, vigilant, observant

we are wary of strangers

suspicious, chary, leery, careful, distrustful
inattentive, trustful

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  • Wary — Wa ry, a. [Compar. {Warier}; superl. {Wariest}.] [OE. war, AS. w[ae]r; akin to Icel. v?rr, Dan. & Sw. var, Goth. wars, G. gewahr aware, OHG. wara notice, attention, Gr. ? to see. Cf. {Aware}, {Garment}, {Garnish}, {Garrison}, {Panorama}, {Ward},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wary — [wer′ē] adj. warier, wariest [< WARE2 + Y2] 1. cautious; on one s guard 2. characterized by caution [a wary look] SYN. CAREFUL wary …   English World dictionary

  • wary — (adj.) 1550s, from O.E. wær prudent, aware, alert, wary, from P.Gmc. *waraz (Cf. O.N. varr attentive, Goth. wars cautious, O.S. giwar, M.Du. gheware, O.H.G. giwar, Ger. gewahr aware ), from PIE root *wer to cover (see …   Etymology dictionary

  • wary — ► ADJECTIVE (warier, wariest) (often wary of) ▪ cautious about possible dangers or problems. DERIVATIVES warily adverb wariness noun. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • Wary — Wary, 1) so v. Karlsbad; 2) so v. w. Quary …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • wary — index alert (vigilant), circumspect, deliberate, diffident, guarded, inconvincible, leery, noncommittal …   Law dictionary

  • wary — chary, *cautious, circumspect, calculating Analogous words: alert, *watchful: prudent, discreet, foresighted, forethoughtful, provident (see under PRUDENCE) Antonyms: foolhardy: brash (of persons) Contrasted words: *careless, heedless,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • wary — [adj] careful, cautious alert, attentive, cagey, calculating, canny, chary, circumspect, considerate, discreet, distrustful, doubting, frugal, gingerly, guarded, handling with kid gloves*, heedful, keeping on one’s toes*, leery, on guard, on the… …   New thesaurus

  • wary — adj. VERBS ▪ be, feel, look, seem ▪ become, get, grow ▪ remain ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • wary — war|y [ˈweəri US ˈweri] adj [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: ware careful (11 20 centuries), from Old English wAr] someone who is wary is careful because they think something might be dangerous or harmful be wary of (doing) sth ▪ I m a bit wary of… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • WARY — Infobox Radio station name = WARY city = Valhalla, New York area = branding = slogan = airdate = frequency = 88.1 MHz format = Variety power = erp = 42 watts haat = 123.0 meters class = D facility id = 71709 coordinates = coord|41|4|13.00|N|… …   Wikipedia