[ kah-luhnt ]

nounChiefly Scot.
  1. a lad; boy.

Origin of callant

1710–20; <Dutch kalant fellow, chap, customer <Old North French caland customer
  • Also cal·lan [kah-luhn]. /ˈkɑ lən/.

Words Nearby callant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use callant in a sentence

  • My secret's oot; an', whether that callant tells Sleuthie or no, it's clear I canna keep langer this siller in a thatched cottage.

  • But where did yon lang-leggit, long-lockit, Fish River moss-trooping callant win haud o' him?

    Robbery Under Arms | Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
  • And you haven't gone and fallen in love, callant, meanwhile, just to complicate affairs?

    Daisy | Elizabeth Wetherell
  • We will be away out of this the moment we are assured of this young callant's safety, in a week or so at most, I hope.

    The Span o' Life | William McLennan
  • Bring my aik staff into the shop, callant, and set it down beside me here—and ye may bring ane to yoursell too.

British Dictionary definitions for callant


callan (ˈkælən)

/ (ˈkælənt) /

  1. Scot a youth; lad

Origin of callant

C16: from Dutch or Flemish kalant customer, fellow

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