cagey

or cag·y

[ key-jee ]
/ ˈkeɪ dʒi /

adjective, cag·i·er, cag·i·est.

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
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cagey

cagy

/ (ˈkeɪdʒɪ) /

adjective -ier or -iest

informal not open or frank; cautious; wary
Derived Formscagily, adverbcaginess, noun

Word Origin for cagey

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for cagey

cagey


adj.

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

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