He gave a remarkable proof of his canniness in the successful outcome of his bargaining with the trustees of the British Museum.
A dog is singularly destitute in what is called in Scotland, canniness.
It was in the morning that the landlady showed her canniness.
Andrew Carnegie tells a good story illustrating the canniness of the Scot.
With the canniness of her new-found love, Avice approached the subject in a roundabout way.
The verses rang with New England canniness, and the familiar dialect acquired a dignity never before acknowledged.
He was, in a way, a Paul Revere spreading intelligence, and with Scotch canniness made a good bargain for himself.
People looked askance upon them as Scots, while innkeepers hated them for their poverty and their canniness.
Malcolm, with the canniness of his kind, at once told her he had had no luck.
Carson, with the canniness so characteristic of the American, was not to be so easily convinced.
1630s, Scottish and northern English formation from can (v.1) in its sense of "know how to," + -y (2). "Knowing," hence, "careful." A doublet of cunning that flowed into distinct senses. Often used superciliously of Scots by their southern neighbors (and their American cousins).
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.