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cagey

or cag·y

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adjective, cag·i·er, cag·i·est.
  1. cautious, wary, or shrewd: a cagey reply to the probing question.

Origin of cagey

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95; cage + -y1
Related formscag·i·ly, adverbcag·i·ness, cag·ey·ness, noun

Synonyms

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careful, prudent, leery, chary.

Antonyms

open, forthright.
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British Dictionary definitions for caginess

cagey

cagy

adjective -ier or -iest
  1. informal not open or frank; cautious; wary
Derived Formscagily, adverbcaginess, noun

Word Origin

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for caginess

cagey

adj.

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

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