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Dictionary Definition

canny adj : showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others; "a cagey lawyer"; "too clever to be sound" [syn: cagey, cagy, clever] [also: canniest, cannier]

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Northern English dialect and canny.


  • /ˈkæni/
    Rhymes with: -æni


  1. Careful, prudent, cautious.
  2. Knowing, shrewd, astute.
  3. Frugal, thrifty.
  4. Pleasant, nice.
    She's a canny lass hor like!
  5. very or much.
    That's a canny big horse man!

Derived terms


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Alternative spellings


  1. [[careful With Supernatural or occult powers.

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