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cagey

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/ ˈkeɪ dʒi /
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adjective, cag·i·er, cag·i·est.

cautious, wary, or shrewd: a cagey reply to the probing question.

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Origin of cagey

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95; cage + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM cagey

cag·i·ly, adverbcag·i·ness, cag·ey·ness, noun
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cagey

cagy

/ (ˈkeɪdʒɪ) /

adjective -ier or -iest

informal not open or frank; cautious; wary

Derived forms of cagey

cagily, adverbcaginess, noun

Word Origin for cagey

C20: of unknown origin
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