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canny

adjective can·ny \ ˈka-nē \

Definition of canny

cannier; canniest
1 :clever, shrewd
  • a canny lawyer
; also :prudent
  • canny investments
2 chiefly Scotland
b :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

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Origin and Etymology of canny


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canny

adverb

Definition of canny

Scotland
:in a canny manner :carefully

First Known Use of canny

circa 1796


CANNY Defined for English Language Learners

canny

adjective

Definition of canny for English Language Learners

  • : very clever and able to make intelligent decisions


CANNY Defined for Kids

canny

adjective can·ny \ ˈka-nē \

Definition of canny for Students

cannier; canniest
:clever especially in taking advantage of opportunities :shrewd
  • a canny decision
  • canny shoppers

cannily

\ˈka-nə-lē\ adverb


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