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.

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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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

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
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The reticent planter's social and geographical remoteness from the town occasions socially destabilizing moments of class contact between Jefferson's landless white underclass and the middle-class townspeople who are driven to the town's outskirts to learn more about Jefferson's cagiest landowner.