- cautious, wary, or shrewd: a cagey reply to the probing question.
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Historical Examples of cagy
You'd be surprised at how cagy those officers got after a few of them had been captured.Spacehounds of IPC
Edward Elmer Smith
But this time he was in wrong; I'd been dumped by him so often that I was cagy.Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist
John T. McIntyre
He knows that he's followed, all right, and he's cagy enough to keep in the open and pretend to be aboveboard.On Secret Service
William Nelson Taft
He's squintin' at me foxy out of them shifty eyes of his, cagy and suspicious, like we was playin' some kind of a game.Shorty McCabe on the Job
- informal not open or frank; cautious; wary
Word Origin for cagey
"evasive, reticent," 1896, U.S. colloquial, of unknown origin. Earlier in English dialect it meant "sportive."