Cagey is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of cagey, followed by 36 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - characterized by great caution and wariness
EXAMPLES - Cagey in a Sentence
- Studios already acting cagey about "Iron Man 3" ... (source)
- Even when I convince him I'm not a fed, he remains cagey. (source)
- Brian, why do you think that Hulk is being a little bit cagey about this. (source)
- "You know how the ladies are," the sheriff said with a cagey wave of his hand. (source)
- Dewar said Nicholson has been "cagey" but his office promised a response last week. (source)
- Even though they're my best friends (besides Colleen) they were being kind of cagey. (source)
- And a rather cagey one at that, for all his famed idealism and lofty intellectualism. (source)
- KURTZ: When Lou Dobbs abruptly quit CNN, he was kind of cagey about what he'd do next. (source)
- Much like the U.S., Canada has been cagey about where it's leaning in terms of the IMF job. (source)
- Wenger's challenge is to plot a course past opponents he feels have been cagey against his team. (source)
- A, I think that there's a good chance that these guys are very smart and very cagey and very crafty. (source)
- Palin's book, they call it part cagey spin job, part earnest autobiography, and part payback hit job. (source)
- Access is denied, commanders are cagey, and we are often not allowed to speak privately with the women. (source)
- As the White Stripes broke, the Sympathy label was cagey about how many records were selling, Mr. White claims. (source)
- Mr. ROBERT WIYGUL (Attorney): It's a cagey legal strategy, but I do think it's a problem from the public standpoint. (source)
- He started building it in 2003 because he was convinced airlines were being cagey about their delays and cancellations. (source)
- National Congress international affairs spokesman Thabo Mbeki was "cagey" on the ANC's exact representations to Mr Vance. (source)
- This guy is not only funny and informative, but he's pretty "cagey" in getting the journalistic "goods" on the "bad guys." (source)
- But there is no escaping the fact that some of the list's liberal literati come off sounding like cagey political operatives. (source)
- But with a cagey 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union, their fourth in six games, they had finally secured a wild-card berth. (source)
- After the record goal-spree across Europe on Tuesday, this was the kind of cagey affair that offered little in the way of thrills and spills. (source)
- Why the traditionally cagey, sometimes boring games between the league's big boys have suddenly turned into shooting practice is hard to explain. (source)
- They've been cagey about their funding in the past, but reports are that the funding is excellent and that the program's annual applicant pool is swelling. (source)
- Authorities have been cagey about releasing just how much was spent on the celebration, with one Hanoi official saying $15 million, not including the parade. (source)
- The movie is important in American pop culture, and typical of the American Dream, which says that anyone can get ahead through cagey hard work and a little luck. (source)
- JWoww refused to reveal what the better opportunity is, and was cagey when asked whether she'll be doing a spinoff with Snooki, who may star in her own dating show. (source)
- The number of new properties on the market surged in February but with buyers "cagey", the number of unsold houses across the country ballooned, the real estate industry says. (source)
- Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba was also cagey about how the government would deal with the protesters, although he said the police would not act to make things worse. (source)
- Like Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, he may be playing a cagey hand to extend matters through 2012, when a president ready to fight on till hell freezes over could take office. (source)
- Earlier this week, Cera got cagey with MTV, telling them at Sundance it was "more hypothetical than people think," despite every actor having signed on, in addition to producer/narrator Ron Howard. (source)
- Whether motivated by the prospect of profit or a belief in marijuana as a therapeutic salve - or a mixture of both - everyone is cagey about their plans because no one is certain who is in the hunt. (source)
- Despite its ambitions, EADS has been cagey about acquisitions during the economic downturn, but continues to look in North America as it seeks to increase its exposure to dollar-denominated businesses. (source)
- Ryan was cagey about his plans for TBD, which will compete against The Washington Post and other local news sources, but he said working on it was an exciting prospect for "a somewhat aging forecaster." (source)
- Known as "The Ghost" for his splintery build and chalky complexion, Pavlik was on the expressway to mega-stardom when the cagey Bernard Hopkins boxed rings around him in a non-title bout in October, 2008. (source)
- When O'Hehir admits that Eagleton is "cagey" about his own beliefs, he glances lightly over a major difficulty: Eagleton affirms Christianity without ever affirming a single concrete proposition connected with it. (source)
- X waits cagey to see if any other homeless pounce on the food but none other than him are here so he gets up and goes over to the magic carpet which reeks of cinnamon and sugar and yeast and looks at it, unbelieving, looks down at the two-foot mound. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 36 example sentences provided below is 59.0, which suggests that "cagey" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 10 synonyms for cagey.
careful, circumspect, crafty, cunning, leery, secretive, shrewd, sly, wary, wily
We have 2 antonyms for cagey.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of cagey from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Wary; careful: a cagey avoidance of a definite answer.
- (adjective) Crafty; shrewd: a cagey lawyer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) wary, careful, shrewd
- (adjective) uncommunicative; unwilling or hesitant to give information.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) characterized by great caution and wariness
- (adjective) showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others