- Careful, prudent, cautious.
- Knowing, shrewd, astute.
- Frugal, thrifty.
- (Northumbrian) Pleasant, nice.
- (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.
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,
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.
- IPA: /ˈkæni/
- Rhymes: -æni
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.
- careful, cautious, prudent or steady
- comfortable, gentle or cozy
- attractive or pleasing
- skilful, safe to work or deal with
- fortunate, lucky
- frugal, sparing
- (archaic) with supernatural or occult powers