Definition of cagey
- officials are cagey about giving out details
- a cagey consumer
- a cagey reply
a cagey old politician who is exceptionally skilled at getting federal money for his district
when it came time to sign the contract, he suddenly got cagey about taking on the job
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First Known Use: 1876See Words from the same year
: not willing to say everything that you know about something
: careful to avoid being trapped or tricked
: very clever
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