from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Wary; careful: a cagey avoidance of a definite answer.
  • adj. Crafty; shrewd: a cagey lawyer.

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  • adj. wary, careful, shrewd
  • adj. uncommunicative; unwilling or hesitant to give information.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characterized by great caution and wariness
  • adj. showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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