wary vs weary vs leery : Common Errors in English

About wary vs weary vs leery

People sometimes write “weary” (tired) when they mean “wary” (cautious)which is a close synonym with “leery” which in the psychedelic era wasoften misspelled “leary”; but since Timothy Leary faded from publicconsciousness, the correct spelling has prevailed.

wary Meaning(s)

  • (a) marked by keen caution and watchful prudence
  • (s) openly distrustful and unwilling to confide

weary Meaning(s)

  • (v) exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress
  • (v) lose interest or become bored with something or somebody
  • (s) physically and mentally fatigued

leery Meaning(s)

  • (s) openly distrustful and unwilling to confide

wary in News

  1. How to use the Internet without all those PRISM-accused Web properties

    Wary of potentially divulging every detail about your life should the NSA have any reason to snoop around? Here are ways to protect yourself from PRISM.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Digital Trends

  2. In Iran, Tiptoeing to Avoid Stirring Turmoil

    Wary of the raucous street protests that erupted during the 2009 vote, the government has carefully controlled how this election would unfold.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: New York Times

  3. Tiptoeing to Avoid Stirring Turmoil

    Wary of the raucous street protests that erupted during the 2009 vote, the government has carefully controlled how this election would unfold.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: New York Times

weary in News

  1. Titans at home in softball’s first round

    No rest for the weary as the softball playoffs begin this afternoon with wild card games in all divisions. Central Coast teams are playing in Divisions 3, 5 and 7.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Adobe Press

  2. Web-based home cleaning service joins Twin Cities market

    When Twin Cities residents grow weary of housework, they'll often look for a professional home cleaner. This typically involves scouring the Angie's List site for a reputable contractor, or getting an over-the-phone quote from the likes of Merry Maids or Molly Maids.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Pioneer Press

  3. Sun shines on ASOS as Inditex and H&M feel the chill

    Cold weather in recession-weary Europe left spring collections on the racks of the world's biggest clothing retailers, Inditex and H&M, while small British rival ASOS beat the seasons with soaring demand ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! Finance

leery in News

  1. Trouble-plagued 911 system set for Boston

    The same crash-prone 911 dispatch system that is being eyed in the death of a little girl in New York City is poised to go online in Boston this fall, prompting one Big Apple EMS union boss to warn the Hub to brace for problems now. “Be very leery of what you ask for,” said Israel Miranda, president of the Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics, Fire Inspectors, Fire Department of New York Local 2507. “Tell ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Boston Herald

  2. Shelter officials voice concern about using savings to combat bed bugs

    Leaders with Crisis Ministry of Davidson County say they are leery about dipping into their own reserves to fix a bed bug infestation at its Lexington shelter.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Lexington Dispatch

  3. Bangor Hydro Warns Customers of Phone Scam

    Bangor Hydro Electric Company is warning its customers to be leery of telephone calls from an individual claiming to be representing the utility and requesting immediate payment. “A series of phone calls were made to small business customers in the last few days demanding payment or risk disco . . .
    on June 12, 2013 Source: WABI Bangor

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