Usage examples for canny

  1. Many and many the canny Scot who's made a great place for himsel' in the world was born and brocht up in a wee village in a glen. – Between You and Me by Sir Harry Lauder
  2. Guides have canny judgment when it comes to guessing, and you can't fool a Harvey mule. – I Married a Ranger by Dama Margaret Smith
  3. If Jess, calm, canny, and reliable, stood for the spirit of the North, attractive, persuasive, fascinating little Delia Watts represented the South. – The Jolliest School of All by Angela Brazil
  4. To expedite matters, a trustworthy agent, a canny Scotchman, who had long served under my command, was dispatched to Montreal, via Portland, to notify these parties that we were on our way there. – The Narrative of a Blockade-Runner by John Wilkinson
  5. She's not right, I tell you; not canny, as Nurse used to say. – Fernley House by Laura E. Richards
  6. I'm canny; I like to think that when I spend my money I get its value in return. – Between You and Me by Sir Harry Lauder
  7. " We'll no argue aboot that," said the canny Scot. – The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle
  8. That is not canny. – A Little Wizard by Stanley J. Weyman
  9. These three seemed ever at war among themselves; they spoke three different tongues; they proclaimed a man of dreams, a canny man of business, a man of vehement determination. – Figures of Several Centuries by Arthur Symons
  10. " Dey ain't canny, dem things," he declared; " ef de Lord had wanted us to fly he'd have given us wings, I guess. – The Girl Aviators' Motor Butterfly by Margaret Burnham
  11. Gang canny when ye meet him, and see ye get the goods before ye sign the bill o' lading. – The Coast of Adventure by Harold Bindloss
  12. Most people's experience would lead them to attend to a canny Dutch proverb, which observes that a " friend's" faults may be noticed but not blamed: since the consequences of blaming them are mostly unpleasant; but a braver proverb says, " A true friend dares sometimes venture to be offensive;" and we read that it is our duty to " admonish a friend; it may be that he hath not said it, and, if he have, that he speak it not again." – Stray Thoughts for Girls by Lucy H. M. Soulsby
  13. They are the canny ones! – The Story of Wool by Sara Ware Bassett
  14. She was too canny to be taken, after her successful concealment so far. – Vicky Van by Carolyn Wells
  15. Well, my canny boy, you'll never see thirty again, I suppose. – The Roll-Call by Arnold Bennett