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canny

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adjective can·ny \ˈka-nē\

Definition of canny

cannier

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canniest

  1. 1 :  clever, shrewd a canny lawyer; also :  prudent canny investments

  2. 2 chiefly Scotland a :  careful, steady; also :  restrainedb :  quiet, snug then canny, in some cozy place, they close the day — Robert Burns

cannily

play \ˈka-nəl-ē\ adverb

canniness

play \ˈka-nē-nəs\ noun

Examples of canny in a Sentence

  1. a canny card player, good at psyching out his opponents

  2. warm and canny under the woolen bedcovers, we didn't mind the chilly Scottish nights

Origin and Etymology of canny

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canny

adverb can·ny

Definition of canny

Scotland

  1. :  in a canny manner :  carefully

First Known Use of canny

circa 1796


CANNY Defined for English Language Learners

canny

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adjective

Definition of canny for English Language Learners

  • : very clever and able to make intelligent decisions


CANNY Defined for Kids

canny

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adjective can·ny \ˈka-nē\

Definition of canny for Students

cannier

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canniest

  1. :  clever especially in taking advantage of opportunities :  shrewd a canny decision canny shoppers

cannily

\ˈka-nə-lē\ adverb


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