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cagey

[key-jee] /ˈkeɪ dʒi/
adjective, cagier, cagiest.
1.
cautious, wary, or shrewd:
a cagey reply to the probing question.
Also, cagy.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95, Americanism; cage + -y1
Related forms
cagily, adverb
caginess, cageyness, noun
Synonyms
careful, prudent, leery, chary.
Antonyms
open, forthright.
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British Dictionary definitions for cagey

cagey

/ˈkeɪdʒɪ/
adjective -ier, -iest
1.
(informal) not open or frank; cautious; wary
Derived Forms
cagily, adverb
caginess, noun
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for cagey
adj.

"evasive, reticent," 1896, U.S. colloquial, of unknown origin. Earlier in English dialect it meant "sportive."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for cagey

cagey

adjective

Shrewd; wary; pawky: a quiet, cagy observer

[1890s+; perhaps fr the expression play a caged game, ''be careful, keep your intentions concealed,'' attested in 1890s]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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