caginess

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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cagey definition

[ˈkedʒi]
  1. mod.
    sneaky; shrewd. : John is pretty cagey. You have to keep an eye on him.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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