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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

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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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To take advantage of the healthful effects, mix an ounce or two of canned wild salmon with a small handful of baby spinach and a tablespoon of olive tapenade. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "7 Healthy Late-Night Snacks," 3 July 2019 And at least Jackson and Usher enliven some of the canned banter. Jesse Hassenger, The Verge, "Men in Black: International and Shaft show the limits of modern film franchises," 21 June 2019 The company is in the midst of trying to offset the declining sales from canned soup as consumers look for newer options. Harold Brubaker,, "Shares spike, but Campbell Soup’s earnings offer little to cheer about," 5 June 2019 Aleve and multivitamins stored next to canned goods and single-service items. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Sauce kept in home improvement store bucket among violations on this week's restaurant inspection list," 19 June 2019 Lithgow plays Ed, a meticulous doomsday prepper who buys canned goods, batteries and gas every day and stashes it in a secret bunker. Katie Walsh, Twin Cities, "‘Tomorrow Man’ script fails fascinating characters, but Danner, Lithgow shine," 6 June 2019 Leo gave them to stations in exchange for commercial time, and Dora got a platform — complete with canned laughter and B-list guests. Christopher Borrelli,, "That red plastic cup is a Chicago original. Proceed to party.," 29 June 2018 Air travel is awful for a litany of reasons, from the very serious Boeing 787 controversy to all the not-as-serious canned air can dry out your skin. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "This Man Is Going Viral for Shaving His Head on a Flight," 23 Apr. 2019 Dark Horse's canned Rosé is a great starting point. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Plan the Perfect Memorial Day Party," 16 Apr. 2019

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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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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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