Definition of canny adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkæni//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæni//
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intelligent, careful and showing good judgement, especially in business or politics a canny politician a canny move He was canny enough to see that they were trying to trap him. Her opponent proved to be more canny than she’d thought. It was a canny move, which brought Palmer in on their side. See related entries: Clever Word Originlate 16th cent. (originally Scots): from can (in the obsolete sense ‘know’) + -y.
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