Meaning of ca'canny in English:


Pronunciation /kɑːˈkani/


mass noun dated British
  • The policy of deliberately limiting output at work.

    ‘the tendency has been to blame the low productivity of industry upon the slackness or ca'canny of the workers’
    • ‘The ca'canny has dealt a paralysing blow to the economy and plunged the export industry into crisis.’
    • ‘When the pressure of wages and despair drive the workers to go on the offensive, they lead to the uniquely British phenomenon of the ca' canny.’


Late 19th century (originally Scots in the sense ‘proceed warily’): from ca' (variant of call (verb)) and canny.