Pronunciation: (kan'ē), [key]
—adj., -ni•er, -ni•est,
1. careful; cautious; prudent: a canny reply.
2. astute; shrewd; knowing; sagacious: a canny negotiator.
3. skilled; expert.
4. frugal; thrifty: a canny housewife.
a. safe to deal with, invest in, or work at (usually used with a negative).
b. gentle; careful; steady.
c. snug; cozy; comfortable.
d. pleasing; attractive.
e. Archaic.having supernatural or occult powers.
1. in a canny manner.
2. Scot.carefully; cautiously.
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