canny [ kan-ee ]
adjective, can·ni·er, can·ni·est.
1. careful; cautious; prudent: a canny reply.
2. astute; shrewd; knowing; sagacious: a canny negotiator.
3. skilled; expert.
4. frugal; thrifty: a canny housewife.
a. safe to deal with, invest in, or work at (usually used with a negative).
b. gentle; careful; steady.
c. snug; cozy; comfortable.
d. pleasing; attractive.
e. Archaic. having supernatural or occult powers.
adverb Also can·ni·ly.
6. in a canny manner.
7. Scot. carefully; cautiously.
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ingenious, cautious, wise, sly, adroit, skillful, shrewd, frugal, discreet, cagey, judicious, subtle, prudent, intelligent, astute, able, acute, careful, circumspect, cunning
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Origin: First recorded in 1630–40; can + -y
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