- cageyis more recent than people realize (first recorded 1909) and is an Americanism. This is a better spelling than its variant cagy.
Modern English usage. 2014.
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cagey — [adj] tricky cagey, careful, circumspect, crafty, cunning, leery, secretive, shrewd, sly, wary, wily; concepts 401,545 … New thesaurus
cagey — index machiavellian Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
cagey — evasive, reticent, 1909, U.S. colloquial, of unknown origin … Etymology dictionary
cagey — (also cagy) ► ADJECTIVE informal ▪ uncommunicative owing to caution or suspicion. DERIVATIVES cagily adverb caginess (also cageyness) noun. ORIGIN of unknown origin … English terms dictionary
cagey — ☆ cagey or cagy [kā′jē ] adj. cagier, cagiest [< ?] Informal 1. sly; tricky; cunning 2. careful not to get caught or fooled cagily adv. caginess n … English World dictionary
cagey — UK [ˈkeɪdʒɪ] / US adjective Word forms cagey : adjective cagey comparative cagier superlative cagiest informal not saying much about something, because you do not want people to know very much cagey about: He was very cagey about his reasons for… … English dictionary
cagey — also cagy adjective (cagier; est) Etymology: origin unknown Date: circa 1893 1. hesitant about committing oneself < officials are cagey about giving out details > 2. a. wary of being trapped or deceived ; shrewd … New Collegiate Dictionary
cagey — adj. (colloq.) sly cagey about * * * [ keɪdʒɪ] (colloq.) [ sly ] cagey about … Combinatory dictionary
cagey — cag|ey [ˈkeıdʒi] adj unwilling to tell people about your plans, intentions, or opinions cagey about ▪ He was very cagey about the deal. >cagily adv >caginess n … Dictionary of contemporary English
cagey — ca|gey [ keıdʒi ] adjective INFORMAL not saying much about something, because you do not want people to know very much: SECRETIVE: cagey about: He was very cagey about his reasons for leaving. ╾ ca|gi|ly adverb … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English