guarded [gahr-did] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. cautious; careful; prudent: to be guarded in one’s speech.
  2. protected, watched, or restrained, as by a guard.

Origin of guarded First recorded in 1500–10; guard + -ed2 Related formsguard·ed·ly, adverbguard·ed·ness, nounself-guard·ed, adjectivewell-guard·ed, adjectiveSynonyms for guarded 1. wary, watchful, chary, circumspect, vigilant. Examples from the Web for well-guarded Contemporary Examples of well-guarded

  • It’s just that those in charge have diverted that wealth into a deep well that sits on their well-guarded estates.

    Michael Moore: America Is Not Broke

    Michael Moore

    March 7, 2011

  • Historical Examples of well-guarded

  • “You must be sure that you are well-guarded,” said Mrs. Knapp.


    Earle Ashley Walcott

  • Send a well-guarded, placating embassy to him and to Cotubanama.


    Mary Johnston

  • Cautiously, and in well-guarded phrase, Blount stated his case.

    The Honorable Senator Sage-Brush

    Francis Lynde

  • High walls were they and well-guarded, and at their foot was a deep moat which was rosy with lotus flowers all the seventh month.

    Japanese Fairy Tales

    Grace James

  • A safe boat given also by him who built the gratuitous ferry daily transports to the well-guarded shore.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan

    Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky

  • British Dictionary definitions for well-guarded well-guarded adjective (well guarded when postpositive)

    1. having sufficient protection from danger or harm
    2. kept private or out of the public eyewell-guarded secrets

    guarded adjective

    1. protected or kept under surveillance
    2. prudent, restrained, or noncommittala guarded reply

    Derived Formsguardedly, adverbguardedness, noun Word Origin and History for well-guarded guarded adj.

    c.1500, past participle adjective from guard (v.). Meaning “reserved and cautious in speech, behavior, etc.” is from 1728. Related: Guardedly; guardedness.

    well-guarded in Medicine guarded adj.

    1. Watched over; supervised, as of the condition of a patient.

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