verb (used with object), caned, can·ing.

to flog with a cane.
to furnish or make with cane: to cane chairs.

Origin of cane

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin canna < Greek kánna < Semitic; compare Akkadian qanū, Hebrew qāneh reed
Related formscane·like, adjectivecan·y, adjectivere·cane, verb (used with object), re·caned, re·can·ing.un·caned, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cany

Historical Examples of cany

  • Some came from a distance of thirty miles, from Goderville, from Normanville, and from Cany.

    Madame Bovary

    Gustave Flaubert

  • Vantano, knowing how hazardous it would be for him to cany off his prey, determined to destroy it!

    Rule of the Monk

    Giuseppe Garibaldi

  • But out of respect for the royal blood, the Dauphin has credited a townsman with that which happened to the Lady of Cany.

    Droll Stories, Complete

    Honore de Balzac

  • He embraced his nephew, called Luquin and Larame to cany him, and went out with Reine.

  • "Your fighter squadron will cross over the French coast here, at Cany," he began.

British Dictionary definitions for cany




  1. the long jointed pithy or hollow flexible stem of the bamboo, rattan, or any similar plant
  2. any plant having such a stem
  1. strips of such stems, woven or interlaced to make wickerwork, the seats and backs of chairs, etc
  2. (as modifier)a cane chair
the woody stem of a reed, young grapevine, blackberry, raspberry, or loganberry
any of several grasses with long stiff stems, esp Arundinaria gigantea of the southeastern US
a flexible rod with which to administer a beating as a punishment, as to schoolboys
a slender rod, usually wooden and often ornamental, used for support when walking; walking stick
a slender rod or cylinder, as of glass

verb (tr)

to whip or beat with or as if with a cane
to make or repair with cane
informal to defeatwe got well caned in the match
cane it slang to do something with great power, force, or speed or consume something such as alcohol in large quantitiesyou can do it in ten minutes if you really cane it
Derived Formscaner, noun

Word Origin for cane

C14: from Old French, from Latin canna, from Greek kanna, of Semitic origin; related to Arabic qanāh reed




dialect a female weasel

Word Origin for cane

C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for cany



"to beat with a walking stick," 1660s, from cane (n.). Related: Caned; caning.



late 14c., from Old French cane "reed, cane, spear" (13c., Modern French canne), from Latin canna "reed, cane," from Greek kanna, perhaps from Assyrian qanu "tube, reed" (cf. Hebrew qaneh, Arabic qanah "reed"), from Sumerian gin "reed." But Tucker finds this borrowing "needless" and proposes a native Indo-European formation from a root meaning "to bind, bend." Sense of "walking stick" in English is 1580s.

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