adjective, can·ni·er, can·ni·est.
- safe to deal with, invest in, or work at (usually used with a negative).
- gentle; careful; steady.
- snug; cozy; comfortable.
- pleasing; attractive.
- Archaic. having supernatural or occult powers.
adverb Also can·ni·ly.
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OTHER WORDS FROM cannycan·ni·ness, nouno·ver·can·ny, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for canny
Perhaps you like your Neil Patrick Harris belting in high heels on Broadway, or cannily emceeing an awards show?Choose Your Own Neil Patrick Harris: The Star on ‘Doogie,’ ‘Gone Girl,’ Gay Sex and More|Kevin Fallon|October 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Willimon cannily structures the episodes of House of Cards in a more naturalistic fashion than traditional television.‘House of Cards’: Should You Binge-Watch Netflix’s Political Drama?|Jace Lacob|February 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The tribute cannily summed up the trend of the night: strong women rule.Golden Globes 2013: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey & More Best Moments (VIDEO)|Kevin Fallon|January 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And he had the money—four millions and more, cannily saved from the crash that had ruined so many others.The Escape of Mr. Trimm|Irvin S. Cobb
Ba but, I promise, I promise that that what what is chased is chased big and cannily and little little is big too big best.Matisse Picasso and Gertrude Stein|Gertrude Stein
Circle cannily round the horse to the left; here at last is something like a slope.From Capetown to Ladysmith|G. W. Steevens
"You've managed to get a good deal of it without looking for it, then," retorted the superintendent cannily.The Shrieking Pit|Arthur J. Rees
Could he afford to play the safe game and wait until the building capital should be cannily in Mr. Magnus' bank vaults?Empire Builders|Francis Lynde