adj. can·ni·er, can·ni·est
1. Careful and shrewd, especially where one’s own interests are concerned.
2. Cautious in spending money; frugal.
a. Steady, restrained, and gentle.
b. Snug and quiet.
As in: “You are too canny to lose this job.”
I’ve always liked this word, and then I looked up the etymology. It’s Scots, of course
This is for the numbnut in line at the coffeeshop who took exception to my use of the word in reference to getting shit done: (Hey hippie, try opening a dictionary sometime)
1 : to carry out fully : put completely into effect
2 : to do what is provided or required by
3 : to put to death especially in compliance with a legal sentence
4 : to make or produce (as a work of art) especially by carrying out a design
5 : to perform what is required to give validity to
6 : play
1 : to perform properly or skillfully the fundamentals of a sport or of a particular play
2 : to perform indicated tasks according to encoded instructions —used of a computer program or routine