cagy

[ key-jee ]
/ ˈkeɪ dʒi /

adjective, cag·i·er, cag·i·est.

Definition for cagy (2 of 2)

cagey

or cag·y

[ key-jee ]
/ ˈkeɪ dʒi /

adjective, cag·i·er, cag·i·est.

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

Origin of cagey

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

SYNONYMS FOR cagey

ANTONYMS FOR cagey

OTHER WORDS FROM cagey

cag·i·ly, adverbcag·i·ness, cag·ey·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for 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
  • 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.

  • 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
  • But this time he was in wrong; I'd been dumped by him so often that I was cagy.

British Dictionary definitions for cagy

cagey

cagy

/ (ˈkeɪdʒɪ) /

adjective -ier or -iest

informal not open or frank; cautious; wary

Derived forms of cagey

cagily, adverbcaginess, noun

Word Origin for cagey

C20: of unknown origin
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