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Monday, November 07, 2011

Definitions for canny

  1. Careful; cautious; prudent.
  2. Astute; shrewd; knowing; sagacious.
  3. Skilled; expert.

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Citations for canny
But they're not going to catch us that easily. If they're canny, we can be canny too! Hans Fallada, Every Man Dies Alone
Some of the little contrivances, which he thought so canny, left her doubtful. D.H. Lawrence, The Rainbow
Origin of canny
1630-1640
Canny is derived from the Middle English word ken meaning “knowledge or understanding.” It is related to the verb kennen meaning “to see, know, or make known.”