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shan't

[shant, shahnt]
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  1. contraction of shall not.

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Examples from the Web for shant

Historical Examples

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for shant

shan't

contraction of
  1. shall not
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Word Origin and History for shant

shan't

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper