Definition of canniness in US English:



  • See canny

    • ‘One reason for our immense success is the canniness of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service that only allowed highly educated Indians into the country.’
    • ‘Modern hospital managers will envy the canniness of their counterparts from the 19th century.’
    • ‘Now she oversaw the poet's legacy with canniness and care.’
    • ‘At the same time, the political invulnerability of the Liberal party has, rightly or wrongly, almost universally been attributed to the political canniness of ‘Teflon John’.’
    • ‘A combination of canniness and single-minded determination is, he believes, a key to the Hawick psyche.’