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cagey

adjective
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cagy

Synonyms and Antonyms of cagey

  1. 1 clever at attaining one's ends by indirect and often deceptive means a cagey old politician who is exceptionally skilled at getting federal money for his district Synonyms of cagey beguiling, artful (also cagy), crafty, cunning, cute, designing, devious, dodgy [chiefly British], foxy, guileful, scheming, shrewd, slick, sly, subtle, tricky, wilyWords Related to cagey astute, facile, glib, sharp; crooked, deceitful, deceptive, dishonest, fraudulent, insinuating, knavish, Machiavellian, oblique, serpentine, shady, shifty, slippery, sneaky, treacherous, underhand, underhanded, unscrupulous; backhanded, double-dealing, hypocritical, insincere, left-handed, mealy, mealymouthed, smooth-tongued, two-faced; circuitous, circular, roundabout; clandestine, concealed, covert, furtive, hugger-mugger, secret, stealthy, surreptitious, undercover; calculating, plottingNear Antonyms of cagey obvious, open, patent, plain, public, unconcealed; aboveboard, candid, direct, forthright, frank, honest, natural, outspoken, plainspoken, real, simple, sincere, straightforward, unaffected, unpretending, unpretentious, unvarnished; childlike, impressionable, simpleminded, unsophisticated, unworldly; unforced, unstudied; trustful, trustingAntonyms of cagey artless, guileless, ingenuous, innocent, undesigning

  2. 2 slow to begin or proceed with a course of action because of doubts or uncertainty when it came time to sign the contract, he suddenly got cagey about taking on the job Synonyms of cagey hesitant (also cagy), disinclined, dubious, indisposed, loath (also loth or loathe), reluctant, reticentWords Related to cagey uneager, unenthusiastic; averse, unwilling; ambivalent, conflicted, doubtful, faltering, halting, indecisive, infirm, irresolute, questioning, skeptical, uncertain, undecided, unsure, vacillating, wobbly (also wabbly); fainthearted, shy, timidNear Antonyms of cagey eager, enthusiastic, glad, happy, keen; ready, willing; certain, decided, determined, resolute, sure, unquestioningAntonyms of cagey disposed, inclined



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