- A person who can read people's moods and get them to respond to him and do what he wants is an example of someone who would be described as canny.
- A businessman who does not overpay for supplies is some who is canny.
The definition of canny is someone shrewd, clever or careful with money.
- careful and shrewd in one's actions and dealings; clever and cautious
- careful with money; thrifty
- Scot. careful in action; gentle; easy; quiet
- Brit., Dial. good; nice; fine
Origin of canny; from can + -y
Scot. in a canny or cautious manner
- Scot. call “canny”; hence, go cautiously
- Brit. the tactic, as by a labor union, of intentionally slowing down factory production
- Careful and shrewd, especially where one's own interests are concerned.
- Cautious in spending money; frugal.
- Scots a. Steady, restrained, and gentle.b. Snug and quiet.
Origin of cannyFrom can1.
(comparative cannier, superlative canniest)