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cagey (adj.)

"evasive, reticent," 1896, U.S. colloquial, of unknown origin. Earlier in English dialect it meant "sportive."

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Definitions of cagey

cagey (adj.)
showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others;
a cagey lawyer
Synonyms: cagy / canny / clever
cagey (adj.)
characterized by great caution and wariness;
a cagey avoidance of a definite answer
Synonyms: cagy / chary
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