- 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
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How to use canny in a sentence
Schumer’s aw-shucks humblebrags conceal a canny, ambitious pol.The Great Kibitzer: How Chuck Schumer Got the Senate Moving Again|Molly Ball|September 2, 2021|Time
It’s a canny parody of how Western media has focused on these concerns amid claims that K-pop stars are forbidden to date, have grueling training schedules, and face exacting pressure from their labels and rabid fans alike.The K-Pop Episode of Dave Is Cross-Cultural Collaboration Done Right|Andrew R. Chow|June 17, 2021|Time
Despite his lovey-dovey talk and reassurances about the bliss and safety that await her, Bilel is clearly a cunning viper engaged in his own dangerous fraud, thus further marking Profile as a canny, multifaceted snapshot of digital deception.Tracing an ISIS Fighter’s Terrifying Seduction of a Female Journalist|Nick Schager|May 14, 2021|The Daily Beast
Other portrayals of nature are rendered fantastic partly by the canny use of color.In the galleries: Artists sport their chops with prints on the cutting edge|Mark Jenkins|March 19, 2021|Washington Post
That’s what the canny retail investors spotted when they decided to target GameStop.GameStop plunges again as the retail rally fades|Bernhard Warner|February 2, 2021|Fortune
Ever canny if uninspiring, John Boehner admitted as much in his recent remarks.What Republicans Need Right Now Is a Good Internal Fight|James Poulos|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But he was a canny political operator, far less ideological and more coldly pragmatic than proponents liked to admit.From The Square Deal to The New Deal: The Overlapping Political Identities of TR and FDR|John Avlon|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A wavering, but canny Wehrmacht General Dietrich von Choltitz finally surrendered it on August 25.Who Liberated Paris in August 1944?||August 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That is admirable, and Preserve is clever, or at least canny.Blake Lively Gets Her GOOP On|Tim Teeman|July 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All of it is so canny we can only wonder why no one had said these things before.Geoff Dyer at Sea: Unmoored but on Target|Melissa Holbrook Pierson|May 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Keen and canny, they drive a close bargain but, scrupulous and conscientious, fulfil it faithfully.
He is a steady lad,’ your father said, ‘and a canny goer; and I doubt not he will come safe, and be well liked where he goes.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 10 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
After three years, during which he served me very faithfully, I transferred him to a Frenchman, Mr. Canny by name.'A Fantasy of Far Japan|Baron Kencho Suyematsu
The august name of Wilkins's was in its essence so exclusive that vast numbers of fairly canny provincials had never heard of it.The Regent|E. Arnold Bennett
It had been mischievously started by Muriel and smilingly declined by three canny freshmen.Marjorie Dean College Freshman|Pauline Lester