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canny

[ kan-ee ]
/ ˈkæn i /
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adjective, can·ni·er, can·ni·est.
adverb Also can·ni·ly.
in a canny manner.
Scot. carefully; cautiously.
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Origin of canny

First recorded in 1580–90; can1 + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM canny

can·ni·ness, nouno·ver·can·ny, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for canny

canny
/ (ˈkænɪ) /

adjective -nier or -niest
shrewd, esp in business; astute or wary; knowing
Scot and Northeast English dialect good or nice: used as a general term of approval
Scot lucky or fortunate
adverb
Scot and Northeast English dialect quite; rathera canny long while

Derived forms of canny

cannily, adverbcanniness, noun

Word Origin for canny

C16: from can 1 (in the sense: to know how) + -y 1
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