canny
I. adjective (cannier; -est) Etymology: 1can Date: 1596 1. clever, shrewd <
a canny lawyer
>
; also prudent <
canny investments
>
2. chiefly Scottish a. careful, steady; also restrained b. quiet, snug <
then canny, in some cozy place, they close the day — Robert Burns
>
cannily adverbcanniness noun II. adverb Date: circa 1796 Scottish in a canny manner ; carefully

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  • canny — [kan′ē] adj. cannier, canniest [< CAN1 + Y3] 1. careful and shrewd in one s actions and dealings; clever and cautious 2. careful with money; thrifty 3. Scot. careful in action; gentle; easy; quiet …   English World dictionary

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  • Canny — Can ny, Cannei Can nei, a. [Cf. Icel. kenn skilled, learned, or E. canny. Cf. {Kenn}.] [North of Eng. & Scot.] 1. Artful; cunning; shrewd; wary. [1913 Webster] 2. Skillful; knowing; capable. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 3. Cautious; prudent; safe …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • canny — 1630s, Scottish and northern England formation from CAN (Cf. can) (v.) in its sense of know how to; lit. knowing, hence, careful. Often used superciliously of Scots by their southern neighbors, implying thrift and an eye to the main chance …   Etymology dictionary

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  • canny — ► ADJECTIVE (cannier, canniest) 1) shrewd, especially in financial or business matters. 2) N. English & Scottish pleasant; nice. DERIVATIVES cannily adverb canniness noun. ORIGIN from …   English terms dictionary

  • canny — I Scottish Vernacular Dictionary Shrewd cautious or crafty II Cleveland Dialect List knowing, skilful, clever; prudent, cautious, handy; well suited, possessing evident or admitted advantages, excellent: a canny chap wi horses , a canny… …   English dialects glossary

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  • canny — [[t]kæ̱ni[/t]] cannier, canniest ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A canny person is clever and able to think quickly. You can also describe a person s behaviour as canny. He was far too canny to risk giving himself away... A canny investor would need to… …   English dictionary

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