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.
Related formscan·ni·ness, nouno·ver·can·ny, adjective
Examples from the Web for cannily
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
It went "cannily" forward, and knew how "to take occasion by the hand," and how to choose its friends.The Squire of Sandal-Side|Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Horace cannily tried to extract from Jake the promise of a commission before he told him.In a Little Town|Rupert Hughes
Mary V, cannily watching the wide waste behind her as she rode homeward, saw him and made sure of him through her glasses.Skyrider|B. M. Bower
The doctor was called, and cannily solved the problem with a buttered shoe-horn.Dear Enemy|Jean Webster
Cannily the young woman lifted her eyes to his and fathomed him mutely for an instant.The Sick-a-Bed Lady|Eleanor Hallowell Abbott