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canny

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Northern English dialect from can (to know), from Middle English can, first and third person singular of cunnen, connen (to be able, know how to), from Old English cunnan (to know how to, be able to). Compare Scots canny, Old English cann (knowledge, assertion). More at can, cunning.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

canny (comparative cannier, superlative canniest)

  1. Careful, prudent, cautious.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ramsay to this entry?)
  2. Knowing, shrewd, astute.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Walter Scott to this entry?)
  3. Frugal, thrifty.
  4. (Scotland, Northumbrian) Pleasant, fair.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Burns to this entry?)
    She's a canny lass hor like!
  5. (Northumbrian) Very or much.
    That's a canny big horse, man!

Derived termsEdit

Related termsEdit

  • uncanny (Note: In common modern usage, "canny" and "uncanny" are no longer antonyms.)

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ReferencesEdit

  • The New Geordie Dictionary, Frank Graham, 1987, ISBN 0946928118
  • Newcastle 1970s, Scott Dobson and Dick Irwin, [1]
  • Northumberland Words, English Dialect Society, R. Oliver Heslop, 1893–4[2]
  • Todd's Geordie Words and Phrases, George Todd, Newcastle, 1977[3]

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ScotsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From the verb can (to know), from Middle English can, first and third person singular of cunnen, connen (to be able, know how to), from Old English cunnan (to know how to, be able to). More at can, cunning.

PronunciationEdit

Alternative formsEdit

AdjectiveEdit

canny (comparative mair canny, superlative maist canny)

  1. careful, cautious, prudent or steady
  2. comfortable, gentle or cozy
  3. attractive or pleasing
  4. skilful, safe to work or deal with
  5. fortunate, lucky
  6. frugal, sparing
  7. (archaic) with supernatural or occult powers

AdverbEdit

canny (comparative mair canny, superlative maist canny)

  1. carefully, cautiously

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