Carny vs Canny - What's the difference?

carny | canny |

As a noun carny

is a person who works in a carnival.

As an adjective canny is

careful, prudent, cautious.



(wikipedia carny)

Alternative forms

* carnie


  • A person who works in a carnival.
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  • The jargon used by carnival workers.
  • Synonyms

    * showie (Australia)




  • 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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