cagey


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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.
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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
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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.
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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"
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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
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cagey

also cagy
adjective
Having or showing a clever awareness and resourcefulness in practical matters:
Informal: savvy.
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Translations
سرّي ،متكتّـم
tajnůstkářský
hemmelighedsfuldtilbageholdende
laumulegur
nekalbusslaptingasslaptingumas
atturīgsizvairīgs
tajnostkársky
ağzı sıkı

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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

cagey

[ˈkeɪdʒi] adjréticent(e), méfiant(e)
to be cagey about sth → faire des cachotteries sur qch
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

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
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

cagey

(ˈkeidʒi) adjective
secretive. He's very cagey about his plans.
ˈcaginess noun
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