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[shant, shahnt] /ʃænt, ʃɑnt/
contraction of shall not.
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Mr. Clawbonny, it is a desert, but we shant die of thirst in it at any rate.

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne
  • There wont be a light in the window because I shant be there.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke
  • And even so we shant be able to prevent her doing things to us—and for us.

    Adrienne Toner Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • She steers because she intends to steer and intends I shant.

    Adrienne Toner Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • And I shant talk to you about the iniquity again, I promise you.

    Adrienne Toner Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • And I am always lucky with my speculations; I shant be pinched.

    Paths of Judgement Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • I am so sorry I shant hear you again, and so glad you are finished.

    Salem Chapel, v.1/2 Mrs. Oliphant
  • But until you tell me youre the villain of the piece, I shant be able to believe it.

    The Luminous Face Carolyn Wells
  • But you shant ever run such an awful risk again, my own little bird.

  • That is very likely; but I shant mention that woman to Edmond!

British Dictionary definitions for shant


shall not
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shant


by 1660s, "colloquial" [OED] contraction of shall not.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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