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Wordnet 3.0


1. showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others;
- Example: "a cagey lawyer"
- Example: "too clever to be sound"
[syn: cagey, cagy, canny, clever]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Canny \Can"ny\, Cannei \Can"nei\, a. [Cf. Icel. kenn skilled, learned, or E. canny. Cf. Kenn.] [North of Eng. & Scot.] 1. Artful; cunning; shrewd; wary. [1913 Webster] 2. Skillful; knowing; capable. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 3. Cautious; prudent; safe.. --Ramsay. [1913 Webster] 4. Having pleasing or useful qualities; gentle. --Burns. [1913 Webster] 5. Reputed to have magical powers. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] No canny, not safe, not fortunate; unpropitious. [Scot.] [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

canny adj 1: showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others; "a cagey lawyer"; "too clever to be sound" [syn: cagey, cagy, canny, clever]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

112 Moby Thesaurus words for "canny": Byzantine, Machiavellian, Machiavellic, Scotch, acute, adroit, arch, artful, astute, cagey, calculating, careful, cautious, chary, cheeseparing, circumspect, clever, conserving, crafty, cunning, cute, deceitful, deep, deep-laid, deliberate, designing, devious, dexterous, diplomatic, discreet, economic, economical, economizing, feline, forehanded, foxy, frugal, gingerly, guarded, guileful, heedful, hep, hesitant, ingenious, insidious, inventive, judicious, knowing, labor-saving, leaving out nothing, mindful, money-saving, nimble-witted, noncommittal, on guard, overlooking no possibility, parsimonious, pawky, penny-wise, politic, provident, prudent, prudential, quick, quick-witted, ready, regardful, resourceful, safe, saving, scheming, scrimping, serpentine, sharp, sharp-witted, shifty, shrewd, skimping, slick, slim, slippery, slow to act, sly, smart, smooth, snaky, sneaky, sophistical, spare, sparing, stealthy, strategic, subtile, subtle, supple, tactical, tentative, thorough, thrifty, time-saving, trickish, tricksy, tricky, unadventurous, uncommunicative, undaring, unenterprising, unprecipitate, unwasteful, vulpine, wary, wily