canny

Definition

Slang

  • adjective sharp-witted, ‘street smart’, attractive. This term from standard English is applied, particularly in Newcastle and the north of England, as a general term of approval, especially in the phrase ‘a canny lad/lass’. Canny is an irregular adjectival form of the verb to ‘can’, thus meaning able, probably influenced by the dialect term ‘ken’, meaning to know (how).
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