If you say that someone is being cagey about something, you mean that you think they are deliberately not giving you much information or expressing an opinion about it.

He is cagey about what he was paid for the business.

Derived words:
cagily [[t]ke͟ɪʤɪli[/t]] ADV-GRADED

Smart reacted cagily when Chelsea were mentioned.

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • cagey — ca|gey [ keıdʒi ] adjective INFORMAL not saying much about something, because you do not want people to know very much: SECRETIVE: cagey about: He was very cagey about his reasons for leaving. ╾ ca|gi|ly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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