canny


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can·ny

 (kăn′ē)
adj. can·ni·er, can·ni·est
1. Careful and shrewd, especially where one's own interests are concerned.
2. Cautious in spending money; frugal.
3. Scots
a. Steady, restrained, and gentle.
b. Snug and quiet.

[From can.]

can′ni·ly adv.
can′ni·ness n.
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canny

(ˈkænɪ)
adj, -nier or -niest
1. shrewd, esp in business; astute or wary; knowing
2. dialect Scot and Northeast English good or nice: used as a general term of approval
3. Scot lucky or fortunate
adv
dialect Scot and Northeast English quite; rather: a canny long while.
[C16: from can1 (in the sense: to know how) + -y1]
ˈcannily adv
ˈcanniness n
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can•ny

(ˈkæn i)

adj. -ni•er, -ni•est.
1. careful.
2. astute; shrewd.
3. skilled.
4. frugal.
5. Chiefly Scot.
a. steady.
b. snug; cozy.
[1630–40; can1 + -y1]
can′ni•ly, adv.
can′ni•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.canny - showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others; "a cagey lawyer"; "too clever to be sound"
smart - showing mental alertness and calculation and resourcefulness
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canny

adjective shrewd, knowing, sharp, acute, careful, wise, clever, subtle, cautious, prudent, astute, on the ball (informal), artful, judicious, circumspect, perspicacious, sagacious, worldly-wise He was far too canny to risk giving himself away.
inept, unskilled, bumbling, obtuse, lumpen (informal)
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canny

adjective
1. Having or showing a clever awareness and resourcefulness in practical matters:
Informal: savvy.
2. Careful in the use of material resources:
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Translations

canny

[ˈkænɪ] ADJ (cannier (compar) (canniest (superl))) (esp Scot) → astuto
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canny

[ˈkæni] adj
(= clever) → rusé(e)
(Northern English) (= nice) → sympa
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canny

adj (+er) (= cautious)vorsichtig; (= shrewd also)schlau, clever; (= careful with money also)sparsam
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canny

[ˈkænɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) → furbo/a
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References in classic literature ?
Sacred To the Memory of Robert Long, Willis Ellery, Nathan Coleman, Walter Canny, Seth Macy, and Samuel Gleig, Forming one of the boats' crews of the Ship Eliza, Who were towed out of sight by a Whale, On the Off-shore Ground in the Pacific, December 31st,
"Well," said the canny Scot, "since every thing is getting on so well, what's the use of our going down there?"
What the skilled and seasoned drinker achieves is a discreet and canny semi-intoxication.
The boy looked at him for a moment with bright, canny eyes out of a dirty, intelligent face, and then set off at a run.
He is a steady lad,' your father said, 'and a canny goer; and I doubt not he will come safe, and be well lived where he goes.'"
To be a minister - that she thought was among the fairest prospects, but she was a very ambitious woman, and sometimes she would add, half scared at her appetite, that there were ministers who had become professors, 'but it was not canny to think of such things.'
There he was--the man of the canny eye, the fatherly manner, and the mighty nose--Bishopriggs--preserved in spirits and ministering at the festival at Swanhaven Lodge!
I wasted a long time there trying to persuade Goork to accept me at my own valuation, but he was too canny. The best he would do was to give us food, which he did, and direct me as to the safest portion of the is-land upon which to attempt a landing, though even as he told me I am sure that he thought my request for information but a blind to deceive him as to my true knowledge of the insular stronghold.
Our people like it, and I think we are a pretty canny set."
It's no canny to run frae London to the Black Sea wi' a wind ahint ye, as though the Deil himself were blawin' on yer sail for his ain purpose.
Then, you mayn't know it, but there's a canny man at Scotland Yard who has had a quiet eye on me longer than I like.
There were the bailie's wife, and the bailie's three daughters, and the bailie's grown-up son, and three or four stout, bushy eye- browed, canny, old Scotch fellows, that the bailie had got together to do honour to my uncle, and help to make merry.