- cautious, wary, or shrewd: a cagey reply to the probing question.
Origin of cagey
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Related Wordsguile, artifice, craftiness, slyness, wiliness, cunning, chicanery, trickiness, shrewdness, trickery, underhandedness, caginess, canniness
- informal not open or frank; cautious; wary
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for caginess
"evasive, reticent," 1896, U.S. colloquial, of unknown origin. Earlier in English dialect it meant "sportive."
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