Related formsun·canned, adjectivewell-canned, adjective
Definition for canned (2 of 3)
auxiliary verb, present singular 1st person can, 2nd can or (Archaic) canst, 3rd can, present plural can; past singular 1st person could, 2nd could or (Archaic) couldst, 3rd could, past plural could.
verb (used with or without object), present singular 1st person can, 2nd can or (Archaic) canst, 3rd can, present plural can; past singular 1st person could, 2nd could or (Archaic) couldst, 3rd could, past plural could; imperative can; infinitive can; past participle could; present participle cun·ning.
Origin of can1
Can but and cannot but are formal and now somewhat old-fashioned expressions suggesting that there is no possible alternative to doing something. Can but is equivalent to can only : We can but do our best. Cannot but is the equivalent of cannot help but : We cannot but protest against these injustices. See also cannot, help.
Definition for canned (3 of 3)
- a depth charge.
- a destroyer.
verb (used with object), canned, can·ning.
Origin of can2
Examples from the Web for canned
Canned drinks like Mercy contain up 5,000 percent of the daily value of certain vitamins.
Small wooden shacks filled with canned goods and phone cards clutter the sidewalks.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Behind locked doors and windows with rows and rows of canned food.
While attempting to pull a bin of canned food toward him, Bob is momentarily pulled underwater by a walker sneak-attack.
Dried pasta and canned goods are prepared with nothing more than a pair of nail clippers.Tales of a Jailhouse Gourmet: How I learned to Cook in Prison|Daniel Genis|June 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It ranks first among the "big three" canned vegetables; the other two being sweet corn and peas.The Tomato|Paul Work
It dont look so to me, said Ned, glancing in the box where the canned stuff was kept.The Motor Boys in Mexico|Clarence Young
The color of canned food merits a score of 15 if it is right.
If fruits are to be canned by the open-kettle method, certain precautions must be observed in order to insure success.
The small stock of potatoes would not last forever, and neither would the canned vegetables.Stranded in Arcady|Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for canned (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for canned (2 of 3)
verb past could (takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive) (intr)
Word Origin for can
British Dictionary definitions for canned (3 of 3)
- (of a film, piece of music, etc) having been recorded, processed, edited, etc
- informal arranged or agreedthe contract is almost in the can
verb cans, canning or canned
Word Origin for can
Idioms and Phrases with canned
In addition to the idioms beginning with can
- can do with
- canned laughter
- can of worms
- as best one can
- before you can say Jack Robinson
- bite off more than one can chew
- carry the can
- catch as catch can
- game that two can play
- get the ax (can)
- in the can
- more than one can shake a stick at
- no can do
- you can bet your ass
- you can lead a horse to water
- you can say that again
- you never can tell
Also see undercan't.