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or cagy

[key-jee] /ˈkeɪ dʒi/
adjective, cagier, cagiest.
cautious, wary, or shrewd:
a cagey reply to the probing question.
Origin of cagey
An Americanism dating back to 1890-95; cage + -y1
Related forms
cagily, adverb
caginess, cageyness, noun
careful, prudent, leery, chary.
open, forthright. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I expect clients to be cagey, to hold back information, and to lie.

    A Spaceship Named McGuire Gordon Randall Garrett
  • It was wonderful how sort of patriotic and unselfish and religious and cagey he always was.

    Yellowstone Nights Herbert Quick
  • Theyve got Rawlings for a manager and hes one of the most cagey men in the game.

    Baseball Joe on the Giants Lester Chadwick
  • They've been drinking Blood all Morning and are feeling good and cagey.

    People You Know George Ade
  • Arne Copeland was a cagey youngster; nobody influenced him when he made up his mind.

    Comet's Burial Raymond Zinke Gallun
British Dictionary definitions for cagey


adjective -ier, -iest
(informal) not open or frank; cautious; wary
Derived Forms
cagily, adverb
caginess, noun
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for cagey

"evasive, reticent," 1896, U.S. colloquial, of unknown origin. Earlier in English dialect it meant "sportive."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for cagey



Shrewd; wary; pawky: a quiet, cagy observer

[1890s+; perhaps fr the expression play a caged game, ''be careful, keep your intentions concealed,'' attested in 1890s]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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