cagey


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Related to cagey: crotchety, counterproductive, unequivocally, snide

ca·gey

also ca·gy  (kā′jē)
adj. ca·gi·er, ca·gi·est
1. Wary; careful: a cagey avoidance of a definite answer.
2. Crafty; shrewd: a cagey lawyer.

[Origin unknown.]

ca′gi·ly adv.
ca′gi·ness n.

cagey

(ˈkeɪdʒɪ) or

cagy

adj, -ier or -iest
informal not open or frank; cautious; wary
[C20: of unknown origin]
ˈcagily adv
ˈcaginess, ˈcageyness, ˈcagyness n

cag•ey

or cag•y

(ˈkeɪ dʒi)

adj. cag•i•er, cag•i•est.
cautious, wary, or shrewd: a cagey manner; a cagey reply.
[1890–95, Amer.]
cag′i•ly, adv.
cag′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.cagey - showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others; "a cagey lawyer"; "too clever to be sound"
smart - showing mental alertness and calculation and resourcefulness
2.cagey - characterized by great caution and wariness; "a cagey avoidance of a definite answer"; "chary of the risks involved"; "a chary investor"
cautious - showing careful forethought; "reserved and cautious; never making swift decisions"; "a cautious driver"

cagey

cagy
adjective (Informal) guarded, reserved, careful, cautious, restrained, wary, discreet, shrewd, wily, reticent, noncommittal, chary He is cagey about what he was paid for his business.
reckless, careless, unwary, indiscreet, unthinking, imprudent

cagey

also cagy
adjective
Having or showing a clever awareness and resourcefulness in practical matters:
Informal: savvy.
Translations
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cagey

[ˈkeɪdʒɪ] (cagier (compar) (cagiest (superl))) ADJ (= reserved) → reservado; (= cautious) → cauteloso
he was very cagey about iten eso se anduvo con mucha reserva
Michael was cagey about his plans after resigningMichael mantenía celosamente en secreto sus planes tras dimitir

cagey

[ˈkeɪdʒi] adjréticent(e), méfiant(e)
to be cagey about sth → faire des cachotteries sur qch

cagey

adj (inf)vorsichtig; behaviour, answer alsozugeknöpft (inf); (= evasive)ausweichend; what are you being so cagey about?warum tust du so geheimnisvoll?; she was very cagey about her agesie hat aus ihrem Alter ein großes Geheimnis gemacht; he was very cagey about his planser hat mit seinen Absichten hinterm Berg gehalten

cagey

[ˈkeɪdʒɪ] adj (fam) → evasivo/a
to give a cagey answer → dare una risposta evasiva
to be cagey about doing sth → esitare a fare qc

cagey

(ˈkeidʒi) adjective
secretive. He's very cagey about his plans.
ˈcaginess noun
References in classic literature ?
And there weren't any at all about the asylum, only a few poor weeny-teeny things out in front with little whitewashed cagey things about them.
AJAX boss Frank de Boer might have criticised Celtic's cagey display in Amsterdam last week but club legend Johnny Rep says the Dutch giants are the ones sending him to sleep.
0 BOTH teams struggled to get going in a cagey first half, but the home side took the lead in the second half when Lewis Caswell squared for the tireless Jack Lee to slide home a composed finish.
Tony Collett has a trio of good chances with Cagey Lilly in the 9.
I expect Wolves to be cagey and try to hit Sunderland on the break, but Sunderland should be strong enough to resist that threat and in the end it will come down to whether the striker-less Black Cats can make the breakthrough at the other end.
After a cagey opening half in which the best of the chances fell to Bradford, the Spireites came out with purpose after the break.
Ronan O'Gara and Dan Parks, Scotland's hero against Ireland at Croke Park last weekend, landed three penalties each in a cagey second period, before de Villiers sealed the home win five minutes from time.
The Stuttgart striker was on target in 38 minutes after a cagey start from both sides.
The Hull bantamweight scored a cagey 4-1 success over Germany's Denis Makarov to reach tomorrow night's final, in which he will meet experienced Bulgarian Detelin Dalakliev.
Hull bantamweight Campbell scored a cagey 4-1 win over Germany's Denis Makarov to reach the final where he will meet experienced Bulgarian Detelin Dalakliev.
Previous encounters against Chelsea have often been cagey affairs and Carrick admits he would happily bore his way to a European Cup win.