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canny

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adjective can·ny \ˈka-nē\

Definition of canny

cannier

canniest

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

  2. 2 chiefly Scottish a :  careful, steady; also :  restrained 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>

Origin and Etymology of canny

1can


First Known Use: 1596


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canny

adverb can·ny

Definition of canny

Scottish

  1. :  in a canny manner :  carefully

Circa 1796

First Known Use of canny

circa 1796


CANNY Defined for English Language Learners

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canny

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adjective can·ny \ˈka-nē\

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

canniest

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

cannily

\ˈka-nə-lē\ adverb


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