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Definition: cautious or wary about the amount of information one reveals; hesitant, vigilant. Also slow in granting (compliments).

Pronunciation: CHER-e


First recorded in the 15th century, this word originates from the Middle English cearing meaning sorrowful (same origin as of the English ‘care’)

Why this word?

One of those completely accidental revelations- growing up I had a dog named Sherry, who was put to sleep at the still happy (but a bit sick..) age of 15! My mother was then getting herself familiar with technology, and found that most ‘things’ online require a user name, if not a password. Still sad for Sherry no longer being with us, she came up with the username “chary”.

Surely, she meant Sherry, but being Russian and all, chary is what she is using till this very day, clearly not being aware of the English definition.

I will not tell her if you won’t.

So yes, weird reason, but a reason nonetheless…

How to use the word chary in a sentence?

Chary is an adjective describing a person who find opening up and sharing rather difficult.

“My chary character saved me from many hurts; but it also blocked away many of the joys”.

“Chary investors were the only investors to financially survive those months”.

“He is so chary with compliments… I wish he complimented me more”


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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