canny

[ kan-ee ]
/ ˈkæn i /

adjective, can·ni·er, can·ni·est.

adverb Also can·ni·ly.

in a canny manner.
Scot. carefully; cautiously.

Nearby words

  1. cannot,
  2. cannula,
  3. cannular,
  4. cannulate,
  5. cannulation,
  6. canoas,
  7. canoe,
  8. canoe birch,
  9. canoe slalom,
  10. canoeing

Origin of canny

First recorded in 1630–40; can1 + -y1

Related formscan·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 Formscannily, adverbcanniness, noun

Word Origin for canny

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

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Word Origin and History for canny

canny

adj.
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