Canny is a word that is used to describe someone who is very intelligent and wise. It is often used to describe people who are able to think ahead and see the consequences of their actions.

  • He is canny enough to know when to run and when to fight.

  • She is canny enough to know when to trust her instincts.

Definition of canny


showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others


cagey, cagy, clever

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Example Sentences for canny

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    As of now, the section is a canny mess.

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    He's a hipster with a canny understanding of the popular culture.

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    There is a difference between canny skepticism and dumbbell skepticism.

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    I think stateside and European teens will canny flock to this.

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    If a topic is controversial, the lead should canny say so.

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    Raj Kapoor was a canny judge of filmi music and lyrics.

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    He is depicted as a canny coach with a great knowledge of baseball.

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    Canny Tim is the first hero Dan encounters in the Hall of Heroes.

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    Nicholas Patrick Canny an Irish historian and academic was born in 1944.

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    It all strips language of meaning and this is what it is canny meant to do.