Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[kah-luh nt] /ˈkɑ lənt/
noun, Chiefly Scot.
a lad; boy.
Also, callan
[kah-luh n] /ˈkɑ lən/ (Show IPA)
Origin of callant
1710-20; < Dutch kalant fellow, chap, customer < Old North French caland customer Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for callant
Historical Examples
  • But, if I was much affected, the callant Mungo was a great deal more.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch David Macbeth Moir
  • To think of a callant being keeped there, out of the knowledge of his ain country, and it a country like this!

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
  • Jean woman, if this callant was taking to ill courses like his faither, ye wad never haud up your head again.

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
  • I felt like a laddie again at the fishing, Mrs. Carmichael, just as light-hearted and happy as if I were a callant on the hills.

    Two Knapsacks

    John Campbell
  • The lad that sleeps in ane o' the beds, is a decent sort o' a callant.

  • Dreading the warst, as weel we micht, we prepared the auld house for defence—armed every man and callant—and keepit strict watch.

    The Mosstrooper Robert Scott Fittis
  • She told me she saw Robertson go into the ruins, so I made what haste I could to cleek the callant.

  • That callant's tongue will rin the head aff his ain shoulders, and waste my gudes to the very grey cloak on my back!

  • I'm much mista'en if I didna see a weel-faur'd callant cast lovin' een upon ye in the marketplace just now.

    The Manchester Rebels of the Fatal '45 William Harrison Ainsworth
  • No,” growled Andrew; “she said it wass nothing the matter with the callant, and she ought to ket oop and rin apoot.

    Steve Young George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for callant


(Scot) a youth; lad
Word Origin
C16: from Dutch or Flemish kalant customer, fellow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for callant

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for callant

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for callant