- cautious, wary, or shrewd: a cagey reply to the probing question.
Origin of cagey
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Examples from the Web for cagily
He cagily noted, “Maybe my answer right now [about recognizing Israel] is completely different to my answer after 10 years.”Hamas Still Not Ready for Prime Time
April 23, 2012
Sending in the rocket scout, he had sprung the Solar Guard trap and had cagily scanned the belt for another ship.On the Trail of the Space Pirates
- informal not open or frank; cautious; wary
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for cagily
"evasive, reticent," 1896, U.S. colloquial, of unknown origin. Earlier in English dialect it meant "sportive."
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