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callant

[kah-luh nt]
noun Chiefly Scot.
  1. a lad; boy.
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Also cal·lan [kah-luh n] /ˈkɑ lən/.

Origin of callant

1710–20; < Dutch kalant fellow, chap, customer < Old North French caland customer
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Examples from the Web for callant

Historical Examples of callant

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for callant

callant

callan (ˈkælən)

noun
  1. Scot a youth; lad
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Word Origin for callant

C16: from Dutch or Flemish kalant customer, fellow
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