Wary vs. Leery

Wary vs. Leery — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Wary and Leery

Waryadjective

Cautious of danger; carefully watching and guarding against deception, trickery, and dangers; suspiciously prudent.

He is wary of dogs.

Leeryadjective

Cautious, suspicious, wary, hesitant, or nervous about something; having reservations or concerns.

Since he was bitten by a dog when he was young, he has always been leery of animals.

Waryadjective

Characterized by caution; guarded; careful.

Leeryadjective

openly distrustful and unwilling to confide

Waryadjective

marked by keen caution and watchful prudence;

they were wary in their movementsa wary glance at the black cloudstaught to be wary of strangers

Waryadjective

openly distrustful and unwilling to confide

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