- cautious, wary, or shrewd: a cagey reply to the probing question.
Origin of cagey
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Examples from the Web for cagey
Obama has been cagey about where he stands, not wanting to anger environmentalists.Can Obama and a Republican Senate Find Common Ground?
November 4, 2014
I can see how it would make people come across as cagey or aloof.How One Doctor Mastered the Art of Delivering Life-Changing Diagnoses
March 22, 2014
Pelton is raising money for a trip to central Africa—he says he will be in four countries, and is cagey about naming them.Robert Young Pelton on His Expedition To Find Joseph Kony
November 16, 2013
However, after some maneuvering by Leno, his cagey manager, and NBC executives, Leno was named host of Tonight.It's Official: Jay Leno's Out at 'Tonight,' Jimmy Fallon Is In
April 3, 2013
South Carolinians are, on the whole, a God-fearing, loyal, polite, traditionalist and often, cagey people.South Carolina’s School of Conservatism
January 16, 2012
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
Theyve got Rawlings for a manager and hes one of the most cagey men in the game.Baseball Joe on the Giants
They've been drinking Blood all Morning and are feeling good and Cagey.People You Know
Arne Copeland was a cagey youngster; nobody influenced him when he made up his mind.Comet's Burial
Raymond Zinke Gallun
- informal not open or frank; cautious; wary
Word Origin and History for cagey
"evasive, reticent," 1896, U.S. colloquial, of unknown origin. Earlier in English dialect it meant "sportive."