guarded [gahr-did] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin adjective
- cautious; careful; prudent: to be guarded in one’s speech.
- 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.
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.
Cautiously, and in well-guarded phrase, Blount stated his case.
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.
A safe boat given also by him who built the gratuitous ferry daily transports to the well-guarded shore.
Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
British Dictionary definitions for well-guarded well-guarded adjective (well guarded when postpositive)
- having sufficient protection from danger or harm
- kept private or out of the public eyewell-guarded secrets
- protected or kept under surveillance
- 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.
- Watched over; supervised, as of the condition of a patient.