Definition: wary; one cautious about the amount of what he reveals or gives

Pronunciation: CHA-rea


Originating in the Old English, prior to the 16th century this word used to refer to the adjective sorrowful, but towards the 17th century the meaning evolved and shifted to represent something closer to careful rather than “full of care”.

Why this word?

Well, first of all this word was suggested to us by Corey O, an avid reader and word suggestions generator!

While he sent 5 words, (all will be soon published!), chary caught my eye within a glimpse as my first dog’s name was Sherry and my mother, then a newcomer from Russia, misspelled it and this is her username in each and every public platform ever since.

We live in hectic times; while the internet allows access to each and everything people want to share- they seem to want and share more and more. But when it comes to personal relationships, seems that the more you reveal online- the less you are actually willing to share.

If we all knew this word and practiced it, we could maybe find that balance between too little to too much. Everything would have been much easier, more natural.

How to use the word chary in a sentence?

Chary is an adjective describing people who practice deep thoughts and meditations before pouring loads on information on you…

“he is very chary; on the one hand it takes him a while to state his mind or show his feelings, but when he does so- I know it is coming from the true depths of his heart”.


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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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