- 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.
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.
That is admirable, and Preserve is clever, or at least canny.
All of it is so canny we can only wonder why no one had said these things before.
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