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adj. can·ni·er, can·ni·est
1. Careful and shrewd, especially where one's own interests are concerned.
2. Cautious in spending money; frugal.
a. Steady, restrained, and gentle.
b. Snug and quiet.
adj, -nier or -niest
1. shrewd, esp in business; astute or wary; knowing
2. dialect Scot and Northeast English good or nice: used as a general term of approval
3. Scot lucky or fortunate
dialect Scot and Northeast English quite; rather: a canny long while.
[C16: from can1 (in the sense: to know how) + -y1]
adj. -ni•er, -ni•est.
2. astute; shrewd.
5. Chiefly Scot.
b. snug; cozy.
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|Adj.||1.||canny - showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others; "a cagey lawyer"; "too clever to be sound"|
smart - showing mental alertness and calculation and resourcefulness