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canny

[ kan-ee ]
/ 藞k忙n i /
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adjective, can路ni路er, can路ni路est.
adverb Also can路ni路ly.
in a canny manner.
Scot. carefully; cautiously.
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Origin of canny

First recorded in 1580鈥90; can1 + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM canny

can路ni路ness, nouno路ver路can路ny, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for canny

canny
/ (藞k忙n瑟) /

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 forms of canny

cannily, adverbcanniness, noun

Word Origin for canny

C16: from can 1 (in the sense: to know how) + -y 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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