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 consumerb :  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

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Origin and Etymology of cagey

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1876


CAGEY Defined for English Language Learners

cagey

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adjective

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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