cagey

or cag·y

[key-jee]

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

cagy

[key-jee]
adjective, cag·i·er, cag·i·est.
  1. cagey.
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Related Words for cagier

wily, shrewd, circumspect, secretive, crafty, careful, cunning, leery, sly, wary

British Dictionary definitions for cagier

cagey

cagy

adjective -ier or -iest
  1. 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 cagier

cagey

adj.

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

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