canned

adjective
\ ˈkand \

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

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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

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Per capita consumption of canned tuna has dropped 42% in the three decades through 2016, according to the latest data available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, "The Trouble With Tuna: ‘A Lot of Millennials Don’t Even Own Can Openers’," 2 Dec. 2018 There are always half a dozen craft beers on tap, plus a long list of canned specialty beers, a hot trend among small producers. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Derby City's spot for barbecue, oysters and Southern food," 2 May 2018 The indoor event will include food trucks, music from acoustic group Wych Elm and craft beer from Arbor Brewing (including its new canned beer). Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Plan your weekend: 'Tosca,' ventriloquist Darci Lynne, Afro-Caribbean cook-off," 4 Apr. 2018 Spreadable items—like cream cheese, peanut butter, or Nutella—fall under the 3-1-1 liquids rule; same, typically, for canned or bottled items. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Rules For Flying to Follow So You Don't Get Kicked Off Your Flight," 19 Dec. 2018 Three to seven days' worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food, and several gallons of water. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "This Abandoned Shelter Dog Rescued the Missing Son of Her Former Trainer," 20 Nov. 2018 Cook up canned pumpkin before adding it to your filling. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make a Crowd-Pleasing Pumpkin Slab Pie," 19 Oct. 2018 In the future, the Charge 3 will also be able to accept and reject calls and send canned text replies for those who pair it with an Android smartphone. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Fitbit returns to its roots with new $150 Charge 3 fitness tracker," 20 Aug. 2018 Two major companies, U.S. Foods and Baldor, donate surplus produce and canned food. Lucette Lagnado, WSJ, "Take Two Aspirin—and a Serving of Kale," 22 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of canned

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of canned was in 1859

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canned

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of canned

: preserved in a metal or glass container
: prepared or recorded at an earlier time for use in television, radio, etc.
US : not original or special

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