Canny

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English

Adjective

Canny (comparative cannier, superlative canniest)

  1. Careful, prudent, cautious.
  2. Knowing, shrewd, astute.
  3. Frugal, thrifty.
  4. (Northumbrian) Pleasant, nice.
  5. (Northumbrian) Very or much.

Adverbs for Canny

astonishingly; shrewdly; weirdly; uncommonly; infinitely; suavely; smoothly; adroitly; cleverly; diplomatically; artfully; subtly; cunningly; naturally; craftily; guilelessly; astutely; foxily; deeply; knowingly; politically; discreetly; intelligently; sharply; wisely; sagely; sagaciously; alertly; smartly.

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Thesaurus

smart, smooth, snaky, sneaky, sophistical, spare, sparing, stealthy, strategic, subtile, subtle, supple, tactical, tentative, thorough, thrifty, time-saving, trickish, tricksy, tricky, unadventurous, uncommunicative, undaring, unenterprising, unprecipitate, unwasteful, vulpine, wary, wily, acute, adroit, arch, artful, astute, cagey, calculating, careful, cautious, chary, cheeseparing, circumspect, clever, conserving, crafty, cunning, cute, deceitful, deep, deep-laid, deliberate, designing, devious, dexterous, diplomatic, discreet, economic, economical, economizing, feline, forehanded, foxy, frugal, gingerly, guarded, guileful, heedful, hep, hesitant, ingenious, insidious, inventive, judicious, knowing, labor-saving, leaving out nothing, mindful, money-saving, nimble-witted, noncommittal, on guard, overlooking no possibility, parsimonious, pawky, penny-wise, politic, provident, prudent, prudential, quick, quick-witted, ready, regardful, resourceful, safe, saving, scheming, scrimping, serpentine, sharp, sharp-witted, shifty, shrewd, skimping, slick, slim, slippery, slow to act, sly,

Etymology

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.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈkæni/
  • Rhymes: -æni

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Scots

Etymology

From the verb 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). More at can, cunning.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /kanɪ/, IPA: /kɑːnɪ/

Alternative forms

Adjective

Canny (comparative mair Canny, superlative maist Canny)

  1. careful, cautious, prudent or steady
  2. comfortable, gentle or cozy
  3. attractive or pleasing
  4. skilful, safe to work or deal with
  5. fortunate, lucky
  6. frugal, sparing
  7. (archaic) with supernatural or occult powers

Adverb

Canny (comparative mair Canny, superlative maist Canny)

  1. carefully, cautiously

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