- 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
He gave a remarkable proof of his canniness in the successful outcome of his bargaining with the trustees of the British Museum.
With a childish canniness he held the bottle so that she could see the skull and cross-bones and the word beneath.The Cup of Fury|Rupert Hughes
Carson, with the canniness so characteristic of the American, was not to be so easily convinced.The Wolf Cub|Patrick Casey
As she doffed her warlike garments, her feminine canniness warned her that this was no time for explanations.Half Portions|Edna Ferber
His keenness for the main chance, and his general canniness, all his subjects admired hugely.Serbia: A Sketch|Helen Leah Reed