Definition of cagey
1 : hesitant about committing oneself officials are cagey about giving out details
2a : wary of being trapped or deceived : shrewd a cagey consumerb : marked by cleverness a cagey reply
cagilyplay \-jə-lē\ adverb
caginessor less commonly
cageynessplay \-jē-nəs\ noun
Examples of cagey in a Sentence
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
Recent Examples of cagey from the Web
Crowe himself is cagey about his stock’s prospects, as most CEOs are.
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Origin and Etymology of cagey
First Known Use: 1876See Words from the same year
CAGEY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of cagey for Students
1 : unwilling to act or speak in a direct or open way He was cagey about his intentions.
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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