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 <
a cagey consumer
>
b. marked by cleverness <
a cagey reply
>
cagily adverbcaginess also cageyness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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