canny

Part of speech: adjective

Careful in planning for action; shrewd; thrifty.

Part of speech: adjective

Pleasing; comely; worthy.

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Usage examples "canny":

  1. They were a canny Scotch crowd; they were not to be taken in by mere glitter, no, not the smallest barefoot boy nor the most wretched beggar, for they knew very well that the real crisis of the evening was to be the appearance of Signor Lambetti, and the word 'wonderful' was not to be spoken until his feats began to be performed. - "A Dozen Ways Of Love", Lily Dougall.
  2. It's no' a canny doctrine. - "Alec Forbes of Howglen", George MacDonald.
  3. A canny man was this Dr. John Cotton, and he decided that inasmuch as the fort belonged to the King, it was proper that it should display the King's Flag, whatever it might be,-" while vessels are passing," he added shrewdly; but that, as for the militia, each company might have its own colors, and not one of them need bear a cross. - "The Little Book of the Flag", Eva March Tappan.