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cagey

adjective ca·gey \ˈkā-jē\

Simple Definition of cagey

  • : not willing to say everything that you know about something

  • : careful to avoid being trapped or tricked

  • : very clever

Full Definition of cagey

ca·gi·erca·gi·est

  1. 1 :  hesitant about committing oneself <officials are cagey about giving out details>

  2. 2 a :  wary of being trapped or deceived :  shrewd <a cagey consumer> b :  marked by cleverness <a cagey reply>

ca·gi·ly play \-jə-lē\ adverb
ca·gi·ness also ca·gey·ness play \-jē-nəs\ noun

Examples of cagey

  1. <a cagey old politician who is exceptionally skilled at getting federal money for his district>

  2. <when it came time to sign the contract, he suddenly got cagey about taking on the job>



Variants of cagey

also ca·gy play \ˈkā-jē\

Origin of cagey

origin unknown


First Known Use: circa 1893

Rhymes with cagey



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