What does the word chary mean?

Usage examples for chary

  1. Even when men are rowing a second or third race in the day, they should not be chary of extending themselves for a few strokes on the way to the post. – Boating by W. B. Woodgate Commentator: Harvey Mason
  2. Both her independence and her unselfishness made her very chary of giving trouble. – Emily Brontë by A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson
  3. He was not able to be altogether uncivil to them, because he knew all that they had done to succour his client; but he avoided them when it was possible, and was chary of giving them information. – Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope