1. preserved in a can or jar: canned peaches.
  2. Informal. recorded: canned music.
  3. Informal. prepared in advance: a canned speech.
  4. Slang. drunk.

Origin of canned

First recorded in 1855–60; can2 + -ed2
Related formsun·canned, adjectivewell-canned, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for uncanned


  1. preserved and stored in airtight cans or tinscanned meat
  2. informal prepared or recorded in advance; artificial; not spontaneouscanned music
  3. a slang word for drunk (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for uncanned



1859, "put up in a can," past participle adjective from can (v.2). Figuratively, of music, from 1904, originally a contemptuous term (associated with John Philip Sousa) for music played by automatic instruments.

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