Meaning of canny

can•ny

Pronunciation: (kan'ē), [key]
— adj., adv. -ni•er, -ni•est,
—adj.
  1. careful; cautious; prudent: a canny reply.
  2. astute; shrewd; knowing; sagacious: a canny negotiator.
  3. skilled; expert.
  4. frugal; thrifty: a canny housewife.
    1. safe to deal with, invest in, or work at (usually used with a negative).
    2. gentle; careful; steady.
    3. snug; cozy; comfortable.
    4. pleasing; attractive.
    5. Archaic.having supernatural or occult powers.
—adv.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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