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 for chary
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Chary \Char"y\ (ch[^a]r"[y^] or ch[=a]"r[y^]; 277), a. [AS.
     cearig careful, fr. cearu care. See Care.]
     1. Careful; wary; cautious; not rash, or reckless; as, the
        latest internet IPO's were shunned by investors made chary
        by the poor performance of the first wave of companies
        that went public.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]
              His rising reputation made him more chary of his
              fame.                                 --Jeffrey.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Saving; frugal; sparing; not spendthrift; -- often used
        with of; as, chary of his praise.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]
     3. Fastidious; picky; choosy.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: characterized by great caution and wariness; "a cagey
             avoidance of a definite answer"; "chary of the risks
             involved"; "a chary investor" [syn: cagey, cagy,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  47 Moby Thesaurus words for "chary":
     Scotch, cagey, calculating, canny, careful, cheeseparing,
     circumspect, conserving, considerate, constrained, discreet,
     disinclined, distrustful, economic, economical, economizing,
     forehanded, frugal, gingerly, guarded, hesitant, inhibited,
     labor-saving, leery, loath, mistrustful, money-saving,
     parsimonious, penny-wise, provident, prudent, prudential,
     reluctant, restrained, safe, saving, scrimping, shy, skimping,
     spare, sparing, suspecting, suspicious, thrifty, time-saving,
     unwasteful, wary

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