careful; cautious; prudent:
a canny reply.
astute; shrewd; knowing; sagacious:
a canny negotiator.
a canny housewife.
safe to deal with, invest in, or work at (usually used with a negative).
gentle; careful; steady.
snug; cozy; comfortable.
Archaic. having supernatural or occult powers.
in a canny manner.
Scot. carefully; cautiously.
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adjective -nier, -niest
shrewd, esp in business; astute or wary; knowing
(Scot & Northeast English, dialect) good or nice: used as a general term of approval
(Scot) lucky or fortunate
(Scot & Northeast English, dialect) quite; rather: a canny long while
The Canny Scot is so well known as scarcely to require description. He carries caution, cunning, and selfishness to excess. Deceitful when a purpose is to be accomplished, he is not habitually deceitful. One thing he never loses sight of–his own interest. But of his own interest he is not the most enlightened judge. [“The Natural History of Scotsmen,” in “The Argosy,” December 1865]
Related: Cannily; canniness.
the act, process, or business of preserving cooked food by sealing in cans or jars. Charles John, 1st Earl, 1812–62, British statesman: governor general of India 1856–62. his father, George, 1770–1827, British statesman: prime minister 1827. Sir Stratford, Stratford de Redcliffe, 1st Viscount. to be able to; have the ability, power, or skill to: She […]
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