Pronunciation: (châr'ē), [key]
—adj., char•i•er, char•i•est.
1. cautious or careful; wary: He was chary of investing in oil wells.
2. shy; timid.
3. fastidious; choosy: She is excessively chary about her friends.
4. sparing (often fol. by of): chary of his praise.
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