cagey

[key-jee]
adjective, cagier, cagiest.
cautious, wary, or shrewd: a cagey reply to the probing question.
Also, cagy.


Origin:
1890–95, Americanism; cage + -y1

cagily, adverb
caginess, cageyness, noun


careful, prudent, leery, chary.


open, forthright.
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cagey or cagy (ˈkeɪdʒɪ)
 
adj , -ier, -iest
informal not open or frank; cautious; wary
 
[C20: of unknown origin]
 
cagy or cagy
 
adj
 
[C20: of unknown origin]
 
'cagily or cagy
 
adv
 
'caginess or cagy
 
n

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cagey
"evasive, reticent," 1909, U.S. colloquial, of unknown origin.
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Example sentences
Indeed, network algorithms do not favor the cagey or secretive.
Behind the snarl lies a cagey opportunist, proficient hunter, and dutiful
  parent.
But, if you were cagey enough to do the rewinding the film trick, then maybe
  you'd be up for this trick.
Stunning photographs, action-packed stories, and thorough research complete the
  picture of these cagey cats.
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