If you describe someone as guarded, you mean that they are careful not to show their feelings or give away information. adj
The boy gave him a guarded look..., In the office, Dr. Lahey seemed less guarded, more relaxed.
guardedly adv usu ADV with v, ADV adj, also ADV with cl
`I am happy, so far,' he says guardedly..., They are guardedly optimistic that the market is on the road to recovery.
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cagey (informal) careful, cautious, circumspect, discreet, leery (slang) noncommittal, prudent, reserved, restrained, reticent, suspicious, wary
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