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chanty

[shan-tee, chan-] /ˈʃæn ti, ˈtʃæn-/
noun, plural chanties.
1.

chantey

or chanty, shantey, shanty

[shan-tee, chan-] /ˈʃæn ti, ˈtʃæn-/
noun, plural chanteys.
1.
a sailors' song, especially one sung in rhythm to work.
Origin of chantey
1855-1860
1855-60; alteration of French chanter to sing; see chant
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chanty

/ˈʃæntɪ; ˈtʃæn-/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
a variant of shanty2

chantey

/ˈʃæntɪ; ˈtʃæn-/
noun (pl) -teys
1.
the usual US spelling of shanty2
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Word Origin and History for chanty
n.

1856, also shanty, chantey; probably an alteration of French chanter "to sing" (see chant (v.)); perhaps from French chantez, imperative of chanter.

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