- 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.
OTHER WORDS FROM cannycan·ni·ness, nouno·ver·can·ny, adjective
How to use canny in a sentence
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