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Definition of canned

1 : preserved in a sealed can or jar canned peaches canned pumpkin
2a : prepared or recorded in advance especially : prepared in standardized form for nonspecific use or wide distribution canned laughter canned music
b : lacking originality or individuality as if mass-produced a canned speech
3 slang : drunk sense 1a

Examples of canned in a Sentence

The salesperson kept using the same canned phrases. there's a canned quality to the screenplay that reminds you of countless other action movies
Recent Examples on the Web Holiday was able to find canned formula for a friend of a friend that day during her typical grocery run. Emma Stein, Detroit Free Press, 20 May 2022 The majority of automatic feeders work best with dry kibble, but a select few can serve up canned, raw, or cooked food. Lindsay Pevny, Popular Mechanics, 19 May 2022 The canned drinks include only six ingredients or fewer in every can in tasty flavors like blood orange and grapefruit. Ramsey Qubein, Forbes, 8 May 2022 Tip Top aims to be the classic cocktail — just in adorably cute canned form. Josh Noel, Chicago Tribune, 4 May 2022 Flashlight, batteries, generator, pick axe, canned heat, soup, crackers, Keystone Light? Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 2 May 2022 Inside a typical ration box was macaroni, rice, oatmeal, canned meat, sweet and condensed milk, sugar, butter. New York Times, 2 May 2022 Other good non-dairy sources: soybeans, dark leafy greens, canned salmon and figs. Lisa Mulcahy, Good Housekeeping, 2 May 2022 For prep advice, people have turned to popular social media posts out of Shanghai that suggest stocking rice, beans, frozen vegetables, and canned meat. Jane Li, Quartz, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of canned

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 May 2022

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“Canned.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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