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
The cagey play continued into the second half, with Vidal's wayward header the only real opportunity over the opening 10 minutes.
White House officials have given a variety of cagey answers when asked about the recording system.
So be cagey, go mano a mano, and do not use your turn signal, advised some readers.
Handel has been cagey, too, on the Republican health-care plan, saying the House bill is far from perfect in a nod to concerns among voters about the legislation’s scope and its coverage of people who have preexisting conditions or rely on Medicaid.
So Qatar has pursued a cagey game, particularly in the past twenty years or so.
The relationship — destined to range from warm to cagey to confrontational — was off to a good start when, eight days after the tragic shooting in Dallas, Johnson telephoned Martin to express gratitude for a note of support.
The Department of Justice has been cagey about how Winner was outed so promptly.
But even as the Westworld crew remained smilingly cagey about upcoming details of their famously mysterious show, there wasn’t a trace of antagonism.
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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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