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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 caginess

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 caginess
cagey
"evasive, reticent," 1909, U.S. colloquial, of unknown origin.
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Slang definitions & phrases for caginess

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]


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