Examples of canny in a Sentence
a canny card player, good at psyching out his opponents
warm and canny under the woolen bedcovers, we didn't mind the chilly Scottish nights
Recent Examples of canny from the Web
Some have argued that Kylo Ren might have been manipulating Rey, telling her a sad lie in an effort to get her to on his side—which does, indeed, sound like something a canny manipulator might try.
That’s because Bannon has a canny ability to cultivate mainstream journalists.
Since a canny California cut-flower grower named Paul Ecke Sr. came up with the idea of the poinsettia as a potted plant for the holidays, breeders have been trying to perfect it.
Columns were rebuilt with canny projections; a fountain was digitally superimposed on a ruin.
That’s because Snapchat wasn’t, at root, a canny business idea or an idealistic exercise in social entrepreneurship.
Even the child services agent who dropped Deja off with Randall and Beth was played by a canny actress: Debra Jo Rupp, known to many TV fans as Kitty Forman from That 70s Show, who informally adopted her own son’s best friend.
And yet a canny Norma can lend the moment extra luster by singing just a fraction ahead of the beat and brightening the timbre of her voice.
Stalin was already a ruthless and canny militant in the 1890s when Hitler was still a toddler.
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Synonymsastute, shrewd, clear-eyed, clear-sighted, hard-boiled, hardheaded, heady, knowing, savvy, sharp, sharp-witted, smart
Related Wordsartful, cagey (also cagy), crafty, cunning, devious, dodgy [chiefly British], foxy, guileful, pawky [chiefly British], slick, sly, subtle, tricky, wily; discerning, insightful, perceptive, percipient, perspicacious, sagacious, sage, sapient, wise; experienced, veteran; discriminating, discriminative; agile, alert, brainy, bright, brilliant, clever, intelligent, keen, nimble, quick, quick-witted, sharp-eyed, sharp-sighted; apt, ingenious, resourceful; calculating, scheming
Near Antonymsartless, guileless, ingenuous, innocent, naive (or naïve); exploitable, gullible (also gullable); unperceptive, unwise; dense, dull, obtuse; airheaded, birdbrained, brain-dead, brainless, dim-witted, dopey (also dopy), dumb, empty-headed, feebleminded, gormless [chiefly British], half-witted, knuckleheaded, lamebrain (or lamebrained), lunkheaded, simple, slow, slow-witted, softheaded, stupid, thickheaded, thick-witted, unintelligent, weak-minded; foolish, idiotic (also idiotical), imbecile (or imbecilic), moronic, silly, thoughtless, witless; ignorant, uninformed
First Known Use of canny
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Definition of canny for Students
- a canny decision
- canny shoppers
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