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
But Navalny, with adamantine determination and a canny use of social media, has spread his anti-corruption campaign deep into the provinces.
Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer-winning play is almost too deft and graceful to be true, a canny blend of comedy and genuine emotion shot through with references to race, religion, aging and death.
Stalin was already a ruthless and canny militant in the 1890s when Hitler was still a toddler.
Look at the failure in cultural terms: Ridley Scott’s reputation was made 35 years ago by Blade Runner’s canny mix of sci-fi and film-noir nostalgia.
The move is both characteristically canny PR by Tesla, and something that could genuinely help its customers.
Given that Dylan is an endlessly canny/inscrutable cultural chess player, there’s no way not to read it as a move, and especially as a post-Nobel move.
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.
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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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