from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Very cautious; wary: was chary of the risks involved.
- adj. Not giving or expending freely; sparing: was chary of compliments.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Sad; sorrowful; grievous.
- adj. Disposed to cherish with care; careful.
- adj. Cautious; wary; shy.
- adj. Sparing; not lavish; not disposed to give freely; frugal; ungenerous.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Careful; wary; cautious; not rash, or reckless.
- adj. Saving; frugal; sparing; not spendthrift; -- often used with of.
- adj. Fastidious; picky; choosy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Careful; disposed to cherish with care; cautious: often with of.
- Sparing; not lavish; not disposed to give freely; frugal: absolute or with of: as, chary of compliments; chary of favors.
- Charily; carefully.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. characterized by great caution and wariness
Middle English chari, careful, sorrowful, from Old English cearig, sorrowful, from cearu, sorrow; see care.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English ċeariġ ("careful, sorrowful, pensive, wary, chary, anxious, grievous, dire"), from Proto-Germanic *karagaz (“anxious, sad”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵār- (“voice, exclamation”), equivalent to care + -y. Cognate with Dutch karig ("scant, sparing, austere"), German karg ("meagre, barren, poor") and Norwegian karrig ("meagre, barren, poor"). More at care. (Wiktionary)