Canny meaning

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Careful and shrewd, especially where one's own interests are concerned.
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The definition of canny is someone shrewd, clever or careful with money.

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.

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(brit., dial.) Good; nice; fine.
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Careful and shrewd in one's actions and dealings; clever and cautious.
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Cautious in spending money; frugal.
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Careful with money; thrifty.
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(scot.) Careful in action; gentle; easy; quiet.
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(scot.) In a canny or cautious manner.
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(Scotland, Northumbrian) Pleasant, fair.

She's a canny lass hor like!

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(Northumbrian) Very or much.

That's a canny big horse, man!

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ca' canny
  • call “canny”; hence, go cautiously
  • the tactic, as by a labor union, of intentionally slowing down factory production
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

ca' canny

Origin of canny

  • From can

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Northern English dialect from can (“to know”), from Middle English can, first and third person singular of cunnen, connen (“to be able, know how to”), from Old English cunnan (“to know how to, be able to”). Compare Scots canny, Old English cann (“knowledge, assertion”). More at can, cunning.

    From Wiktionary