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[keyn] /keɪn/
a stick or short staff used to assist one in walking; walking stick.
a long, hollow or pithy, jointed woody stem, as that of bamboo, rattan, sugar cane, and certain palms.
a plant having such a stem.
split rattan woven or interlaced for chair seats, wickerwork, etc.
any of several tall bamboolike grasses, especially of the genus Arundinaria, as A. gigantea (cane reed, large cane, giant cane, or southern cane) and A. tecta (small cane or switch cane) of the southern U.S.
the stem of a raspberry or blackberry.
a rod used for flogging.
a slender cylinder or rod, as of sealing wax or glass.
verb (used with object), caned, caning.
to flog with a cane.
to furnish or make with cane:
to cane chairs.
Origin of cane
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin canna < Greek kánna < Semitic; compare Akkadian qanū, Hebrew qāneh reed
Related forms
canelike, adjective
cany, adjective
recane, verb (used with object), recaned, recaning.
uncaned, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for caned
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  • "I shall be caned," he told himself, and the thought nearly drove him mad.

    Vice Versa F. Anstey
  • It used to be said I was a wild dog, a harem-scarem; and I was often caned for my pranks.

    Adventures and Recollections Bill o'th' Hoylus End
  • "I see you've been playing with fire—into mischief as usual," said the master, and he caned Edmund harder than ever.

    The Book of Dragons Edith Nesbit
  • How can we guess that our teachers laugh at our pranks after they have caned us for them?

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • Lieutenant Katte, who had aided him in getting away, having been kicked and caned, was sent to a court-martial192 to be tried.

    Nineteenth Century Questions James Freeman Clarke
  • And do you remember when I got caned for crying about Mr. Mell?

  • He first made his way through "Walnut Grove" in search of the caned banks of the river.

  • Macklin sprang at Hallam, seized him by the throat, and caned him unmercifully.

    Superwomen Albert Payson Terhune
  • If Mr. Grimshaw had caned this unknown youth, the punishment would not have been half so severe.

    The Story of a Bad Boy Thomas Bailey Aldrich
British Dictionary definitions for caned


  1. the long jointed pithy or hollow flexible stem of the bamboo, rattan, or any similar plant
  2. any plant having such a stem
  1. strips of such stems, woven or interlaced to make wickerwork, the seats and backs of chairs, etc
  2. (as modifier): a cane chair
the woody stem of a reed, young grapevine, blackberry, raspberry, or loganberry
any of several grasses with long stiff stems, esp Arundinaria gigantea of the southeastern US
a flexible rod with which to administer a beating as a punishment, as to schoolboys
a slender rod, usually wooden and often ornamental, used for support when walking; walking stick
a slender rod or cylinder, as of glass
verb (transitive)
to whip or beat with or as if with a cane
to make or repair with cane
(informal) to defeat: we got well caned in the match
(slang) cane it, to do something with great power, force, or speed or consume something such as alcohol in large quantities: you can do it in ten minutes if you really cane it
Derived Forms
caner, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Latin canna, from Greek kanna, of Semitic origin; related to Arabic qanāh reed


(dialect) a female weasel
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for caned



late 14c., from Old French cane "reed, cane, spear" (13c., Modern French canne), from Latin canna "reed, cane," from Greek kanna, perhaps from Assyrian qanu "tube, reed" (cf. Hebrew qaneh, Arabic qanah "reed"), from Sumerian gin "reed." But Tucker finds this borrowing "needless" and proposes a native Indo-European formation from a root meaning "to bind, bend." Sense of "walking stick" in English is 1580s.


"to beat with a walking stick," 1660s, from cane (n.). Related: Caned; caning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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caned in the Bible

a tall sedgy plant with a hollow stem, growing in moist places. In Isa. 43:24; Jer. 6:20, the Hebrew word _kaneh_ is thus rendered, giving its name to the plant. It is rendered "reed" in 1 Kings 14:15; Job 40:21; Isa. 19:6; 35:7. In Ps. 68:30 the expression "company of spearmen" is in the margin and the Revised Version "beasts of the reeds," referring probably to the crocodile or the hippopotamus as a symbol of Egypt. In 2 Kings 18:21; Isa. 36:6; Ezek. 29:6, 7, the reference is to the weak, fragile nature of the reed. (See CALAMUS.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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