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English definition of “canny”


adjective (CLEVER)    /ˈkæn.i/
thinking quickly and cleverly , especially in business or financial matters : These salesmen are a canny lot.Wise and sensible cannily     /-ɪ.li/ adverb Wise and sensible
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