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 canniness
He was, in a way, a Paul Revere spreading intelligence, and with Scotch canniness made a good bargain for himself.The Alaskan|James Oliver Curwood
The verses rang with New England canniness, and the familiar dialect acquired a dignity never before acknowledged.Children's Stories in American Literature, 1660-1860|Henrietta Christian Wright
People looked askance upon them as Scots, while innkeepers hated them for their poverty and their canniness.The Great North Road: York to Edinburgh|Charles G. Harper
With the canniness of her new-found love, Avice approached the subject in a roundabout way.The Mark of Cain|Carolyn Wells
Andrew Carnegie tells a good story illustrating the canniness of the Scot.