- cautious, wary, or shrewd: a cagey reply to the probing question.
Origin of cagey
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careful, prudent, leery, chary.
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Examples from the Web for cagy
You'd be surprised at how cagy those officers got after a few of them had been captured.Spacehounds of IPC
Edward Elmer Smith
But this time he was in wrong; I'd been dumped by him so often that I was cagy.Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist
John T. McIntyre
He knows that he's followed, all right, and he's cagy enough to keep in the open and pretend to be aboveboard.On Secret Service
William Nelson Taft
He's squintin' at me foxy out of them shifty eyes of his, cagy and suspicious, like we was playin' some kind of a game.Shorty McCabe on the Job
- informal not open or frank; cautious; wary
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for cagy
"evasive, reticent," 1896, U.S. colloquial, of unknown origin. Earlier in English dialect it meant "sportive."
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