cagey

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adjective ca·gey \ˈkā-jē\
variants: or less commonly

cagy

Definition of cagey

cagier

;

cagiest

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

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

cagily

play \-jə-lē\ adverb

caginess

or less commonly

cageyness

play \-jē-nəs\ noun

Examples of cagey in a sentence

  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>

Origin and Etymology of cagey

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1876


CAGEY Defined for English Language Learners

cagey

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adjective ca·gey \ˈkā-jē\

Definition of cagey for English Language Learners

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

  • : careful to avoid being trapped or tricked

  • : very clever


CAGEY Defined for Kids

cagey

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adjective ca·gey \ˈkā-jē\

Definition of cagey for Students

cagier

cagiest

  1. 1 :  unwilling to act or speak in a direct or open way <He was cagey about his intentions.>

  2. 2 :  clever in a tricky way <… those cagey girls … managed … to have all the fun and leave him and their mother with all the work. — Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia>



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