Definition for canst (2 of 3)
auxiliary verb, present singular 1st person can, 2nd can or (Archaic) canst, 3rd can, present plural can; past singular 1st person could, 2nd could or (Archaic) couldst, 3rd could, past plural could.
verb (used with or without object), present singular 1st person can, 2nd can or (Archaic) canst, 3rd can, present plural can; past singular 1st person could, 2nd could or (Archaic) couldst, 3rd could, past plural could; imperative can; infinitive can; past participle could; present participle cun·ning.
Origin of can1
Can but and cannot but are formal and now somewhat old-fashioned expressions suggesting that there is no possible alternative to doing something. Can but is equivalent to can only : We can but do our best. Cannot but is the equivalent of cannot help but : We cannot but protest against these injustices. See also cannot, help.
Definition for canst (3 of 3)
- a depth charge.
- a destroyer.
verb (used with object), canned, can·ning.
Origin of can2
Examples from the Web for canst
Canst thou show us to any house where we may have Shelter and Lodging to night?Discovery of Witches|Thomas Potts
Canst change thy robe for a jerkin once more at the Abbey, unless perchance you have a friend near at hand.The White Company|Arthur Conan Doyle
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth.
I may, or can be; thou may'st, or canst be; he may, or can be.A Short System of English Grammar|Henry Bate
Canst forget the mightiest ray Death can dart, or heaven display?The Two Lovers of Heaven: Chrysanthus and Daria|Pedro Calderon de la Barca
British Dictionary definitions for canst (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for canst (2 of 3)
verb past could (takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive) (intr)
Word Origin for can
British Dictionary definitions for canst (3 of 3)
- (of a film, piece of music, etc) having been recorded, processed, edited, etc
- informal arranged or agreedthe contract is almost in the can
verb cans, canning or canned
Word Origin for can
Idioms and Phrases with canst
In addition to the idioms beginning with can
- can do with
- canned laughter
- can of worms
- as best one can
- before you can say Jack Robinson
- bite off more than one can chew
- carry the can
- catch as catch can
- game that two can play
- get the ax (can)
- in the can
- more than one can shake a stick at
- no can do
- you can bet your ass
- you can lead a horse to water
- you can say that again
- you never can tell
Also see undercan't.