cagey

or cag·y

[ key-jee ]
/ ˈkeɪ dʒi /
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adjective, cag·i·er, cag·i·est.

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

Nearby words

  1. cage zone melting,
  2. cage, john,
  3. caged,
  4. cageling,
  5. cager,
  6. cagliari,
  7. cagliostro,
  8. cagmag,
  9. cagney,
  10. cagney, james

Origin of cagey

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

SYNONYMS FOR cagey
ANTONYMS FOR cagey

Related formscag·i·ly, adverbcag·i·ness, cag·ey·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for cagily

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 cagily

cagey

adj.

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

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