Definition of


  1. (adj, all) showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others
    too clever to be sound

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Canny

cagey, cagy, clever

Origin of the word Canny

  1. 1637, Scottish and northern England formation from can in its sense of "know how to." Often used superciliously of Scots by their southern neighbors, implying "thrift and an eye to the main chance." more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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