- a lad; boy.
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
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!
Jean woman, if this callant was taking to ill courses like his faither, ye wad never haud up your head again.
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
The lad that sleeps in ane o' the beds, is a decent sort o' a callant.
- Scot a youth; lad
C16: from Dutch or Flemish kalant customer, fellow
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