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


or chanty, shantey, shanty

[shan-tee, chan-] /ˈʃæn ti, ˈtʃæn-/
noun, plural chanteys.
a sailors' song, especially one sung in rhythm to work.
Origin of chantey
1855-60; alteration of French chanter to sing; see chant Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • After paying actual expenses, Mr. Stephen, however, handed the surplus to a chanty.

  • He sang to an old "chanty" tune, one that I remembered well.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • He heard the sailors running away with their end of the rope and shouting a chanty and stamping their feet.

    The Sandman: His Sea Stories William J. Hopkins
  • It is time we ceased to sing that Rio Grande chanty: an amende is overdue.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
  • chanty thought he could beat Mr. Bantam easily, he was so small, and invited him to fight.

    Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag Louisa M. Alcott
  • She resumed her song with a gay air of bravado; passing from one chanty to another in a voice fluty as a blackbird.

    A Mating in the Wilds Ottwell Binns
  • And how if then, one evening, you had seen a Blackwall liner haul out for the Antipodes while her crew sang a chanty!

  • From without came the low lapping of the tide, and from over the water a sailor's chanty from the barque.

  • The tragedy began with chanty, who was the boldest little cockadoodle who ever tried to crow.

    Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag Louisa M. Alcott
  • Remaining thus grouped, they sing a Marinaresca, in part a sailors' "chanty," in part a regular melody.

British Dictionary definitions for chanty


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


/ˈʃæntɪ; ˈtʃæn-/
noun (pl) -teys
the usual US spelling of shanty2
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for chanty

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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