Canny vs Canna - What's the difference?

canny | canna |

As an adjective canny

is careful, prudent, cautious.

As a proper noun canna is





  • Careful, prudent, cautious.
  • (Ramsay)
  • Knowing, shrewd, astute.
  • (Sir Walter Scott)
  • Frugal, thrifty.
  • (Scotland, Northumbria) Pleasant, fair.
  • She's a canny lass hor like!
  • * 1783 , (Robert Burns), "Green Grow the Rashes O", Songs and Ballads
  • But gie me a cannie hour at e'en,
    My arms about my dearie O;
    An' warl'y cares, an' warl'y men,
    Mae a' gae tapsalteerie O!
  • (Northumbria) Very or much.
  • That's a canny big horse, man!

    Derived terms

    * cannily * canniness


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    Etymology 1

    (wikipedia canna) From (etyl) . (Canna)


    (en noun)
  • Any member of the genus Canna of tropical plants with large leaves and often showy flowers.
  • * 2000 , (JG Ballard), Super-Cannes , Fourth Estate 2011, p. 7:
  • A palisade of Canary palms formed an honour guard along the verges, while beds of golden cannas flamed from the central reservation.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2007, date=January 18, author=Anne Raver, title=Is It Spring? Winter? What’s a Flower to Think?, work=New York Times citation
  • , passage=Still, some of Mr. Cooper’s tender salvias are wintering over, and he plans to leave a few clumps of cannas in the ground next fall. }}

    Etymology 2


  • (Scotland, Jamaica) Contraction of can not; cannot.
  • * 1966 -- Star Trek: )
  • Scotty: I canna' change the laws of physics.

    Etymology 3



    (en noun)
  • A measure of length in Italy, varying from six to seven feet.
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