or cag·y


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

Synonyms for cagey

Antonyms for cagey Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cagey

Contemporary Examples of cagey

Historical Examples of cagey

  • 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

    Herbert Quick

  • Theyve got Rawlings for a manager and hes one of the most cagey men in the game.

  • They've been drinking Blood all Morning and are feeling good and Cagey.

    People You Know

    George Ade

  • Arne Copeland was a cagey youngster; nobody influenced him when he made up his mind.

    Comet's Burial

    Raymond Zinke Gallun

British Dictionary definitions for cagey



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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper