• WordNet 3.6
    • adj canny showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others "a cagey lawyer","too clever to be sound"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Canny Artful; cunning; shrewd; wary.
    • Canny Cautious; prudent; safe..
    • Canny Having pleasing or useful qualities; gentle.
    • Canny Reputed to have magical powers.
    • Canny Skillful; knowing; capable.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • canny A term of commendation of various application.
    • canny Knowing; cautious; prudent; wary; watchful; cunning; artful; crafty.
    • canny Skilled; handy; expert.
    • canny Moderate; reasonable. In expense: Frugal; not extravagant
    • canny In charges or exactions: Not extortionate.
    • canny In conduct: Not severe.
    • canny Quiet; easy; soft. Quiet in disposition; gentle; tractable.
    • canny Quiet in movement; still; slow.
    • canny Snug; comfortable; neat.
    • canny Safe; not dangerous; fortunate; lucky.
    • canny Good; worthy.
    • canny Possessed of supernatural power; skilled in magic.
    • canny In a canny manner; cannily; cautiously; gently; slowly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Canny kan′i (Scot.) knowing: shrewd: having supernatural power (see Uncanny): comfortable: careful in money matters: gentle: sly or pawky
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Icel. kenn, skilled, learned, or E. canny,. Cf. Kenn
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Can, to be able.


In literature:

The ca-canny system ruled everywhere.
"The Sequel" by George A. Taylor
Bring oot the ale, canny man!
"Border Ghost Stories" by Howard Pease
He is a canny bounder, all right.
"In Her Own Right" by John Reed Scott
This proved to be another canny Scot.
"A Yeoman's Letters" by P. T. Ross
Whinnie, of course, remained Scottish and canny.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
He's a canny old boy.
"The Trail of the Goldseekers" by Hamlin Garland
To be sure, canny as Tom is, the chasseur had the advantage in the more intelligent expression.
"The Grey Woman and other Tales" by Mrs. (Elizabeth) Gaskell
A canny man, he had avoided keeping any such incriminating documents about.
"The Radio Boys with the Revenue Guards" by Gerald Breckenridge
He was always a canny Scotsman, and liked to take care of his money.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Some of the little contrivances, which he thought so canny, left her doubtful.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

In poetry:

But gi'e me a canny hour at e'en,
My arms about my dearie, O,
An' warl'ly cares an' warl'ly men
May a' gae tapsalteerie, O!
"Green Grow The Rashes" by Robert Burns
Here the Norsman bunks with the canny Scot
And the lad from the Emerald Isle
Works side by side with Russ and Dane,
North-bred men of brawn and brain,
Men that are worth your while.
"Flotsam" by Pat O Cotter
Well, all are dust, of fame bereft;
They bore a cruel cross,
And I, the canny one, am left,—
Yet as I grieve their loss,
I deem, because they loved me well,
They'll welcome me in Hell.
"Birds Of A Feather" by Robert W Service
The gate I was gaun brocht me to the hoose-en',
The dwallin' o' Mary, the rose o' the glen.
Her faither—Aul' John—was the canny bit laird
O' the laigh-theekit hoose an' muckle kail-yard.
"The Ballad O' Mary Muiren" by Janet Hamilton
There's ane wi' a face that ne'er glunches nor girns,
Though she wins her bit bread by fillin' o' pirns;
She never was wed, keepit clear o' the men,
A canny auld maiden, o' threescore an' ten.
"The Feast of The "Munches"" by Janet Hamilton
Tell Jamie, the Binder, sae cannie an' slee,
Sae quiet wi' the gab, an' sae gleg wi' the e'e,
That his leuks war sae frien'ly, sae truthfu' an' kin',
Whan he last took my haun' I aye min't it sin' syne.
"Verses Inscribed To Mr. Thomas Duncan, Glasgow" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

The first annual "Canny Awards" recognized craft beer can s with high-quality, captivating graphics with the winners announced during the Craft Brewers Conference, held May 2-5 in San Diego.
A Canny Henchman, Targeting the Queen.
A Climb Marked by Confidence and Canniness .
Andrea Canny celebrates CD release with party, performance.
OSKALOOSA — Brenda Canny , 68, of Oskaloosa, died Nov 8, 2012, at the Hospice Comfort House in Pella.
Gregg's not just country, but canny .
Canny Roy could drag England over the line.
The first annual " Canny Awards" recognized craft beer cans with high-quality, captivating graphics with the winners announced during the Craft Brewers Conference, held May 2-5 in San Diego.
Canny Villagers Grasp Keys to Loosen China's Muzzle.
Putin's canny politics in Russian elections.
Death Can Be a Canny Career Move.
Canny mystery veterans make October perfect for a Halloween scare.
With its strong products and canny marketing, the Chevrolet Motor division for decades meant affordable style, power and patriotism for its customers.
Cannie Mae Hunter Huggins .
Ordinarily the silver fox is a canny, elusive creature, quick to bite when cornered, and well nigh impossible to tame.

In science:

This suggests that the conclusion of , that the Canny achieved the best results, could in fact be due to the combination of the adaptive parameter sampling scheme with the Canny’s large sensitivity to parameter values.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
The intensity based method we propose, that we called floodcanny, consists on first applying the Canny edge detector to the image, and use the resulting edges as hard boundaries in a flood fil ling segmentation process.
Evaluation of Three Vision Based Object Perception Methods for a Mobile Robot
Each color represents a different region, and Canny edges are superimposed for clarity.
Evaluation of Three Vision Based Object Perception Methods for a Mobile Robot
Canny edge detector or Hough transformation.
Augmented Reality Implementation Methods in Mainstream Applications
Zhao Huili Zhao, Guofeng Qin, Xingjian Wang, Improvement of Canny Algorithm Based on Pavement Edge Detection, 3rd International Congress on Image and Signal Processing CISP 2010, Yantai China, 2010, pp 964 – 967.
Personalised product design using virtual interactive techniques