- an easy gallop.
- to move or ride at a canter.
Origin of canter1
- a person who is much given to the use of cant.
Origin of canter2
- a salient angle.
- a sudden movement that tilts or overturns a thing.
- a slanting or tilted position.
- an oblique line or surface, as one formed by cutting off the corner of a square of cube.
- an oblique or slanting face of anything.
- Civil Engineering. bank1(def 6).
- a sudden pitch or toss.
- Also called flitch. a partly trimmed log.
- oblique or slanting.
- to bevel; form an oblique surface upon.
- to put in an oblique position; tilt; tip.
- to throw with a sudden jerk.
- to take or have an inclined position; tilt; turn.
Origin of cant2
- hearty; merry.
Origin of cant3
Examples from the Web for canter
Contemporary Examples of canter
This is where I was a little less impressed by the things Canter had to say.
Canter says the operations in those 10 states will look like this.
Canter acknowledges that the Democrats talk about “field” in every off-year election.
Look also, Canter says, at what happened in Montana and North Dakota in 2012.
“This race is going to surprise a lot of people,” says Canter.Democrats Are on Track to Retain Control of Senate
November 6, 2012
Historical Examples of canter
Captain Smith affected a cough, and put his brown mare into a canter.Night and Morning, Complete
Caroline, with a movement of impatience, put her horse into a canter.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
That's why I have Dutchy take him out on a country road and canter him.Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
I had intended asking you to join me in a canter over the country.Pretty Madcap Dorothy
Laura Jean Libbey
The party who were to go were soon in the saddle, and they started off at a canter.Buffalo Bill's Spy Trailer
Colonel Prentiss Ingraham
- an easy three-beat gait of horses, etc, between a trot and a gallop in speed
- at a canter easily; without efforthe won at a canter
- to move or cause to move at a canter
Word Origin for canter
- insincere talk, esp concerning religion or morals; pious platitudes
- stock phrases that have become meaningless through repetition
- specialized vocabulary of a particular group, such as thieves, journalists, or lawyers; jargon
- singsong whining speech, as used by beggars
- (intr) to speak in or use cant
Word Origin for cant
- inclination from a vertical or horizontal plane; slope; slant
- a sudden movement that tilts or turns something
- the angle or tilt thus caused
- a corner or outer angle, esp of a building
- an oblique or slanting surface, edge, or line
- to tip, tilt, or overturn, esp with a sudden jerk
- to set in an oblique position
- another word for bevel (def. 1)
- oblique; slanting
- having flat surfaces and without curves
Word Origin for cant
- Scot and Northern English dialect lusty; merry; hearty
Word Origin for cant
1706, from a contraction of Canterbury gallop (1630s), "easy pace at which pilgrims ride to Canterbury" (q.v.). Related: Cantered; cantering.
1755, from canter (v.).
"insincere talk," 1709, earlier it was slang for "whining of beggars" (1640s), from the verb in this sense (1560s), from Old North French canter (Old French chanter) "to sing, chant," from Latin cantare, frequentative of canere "to sing" (see chant (v.)). Sense in English developed after 1680 to mean the jargon of criminals and vagabonds, thence applied contemptuously by any sect or school to the phraseology of its rival.
... Slang is universal, whilst Cant is restricted in usage to certain classes of the community: thieves, vagrom men, and -- well, their associates. ... Slang boasts a quasi-respectability denied to Cant, though Cant is frequently more enduring, its use continuing without variation of meaning for many generations. [John S. Farmer, Forewords to "Musa Pedestris," 1896]
"slope, slant," late 14c., Scottish, "edge, brink," from Old North French cant "corner" (perhaps via Middle Low German kante or Middle Dutch kant), from Vulgar Latin *canthus, from Latin cantus "iron tire of a wheel," possibly from a Celtic word meaning "rim of wheel, edge" (cf. Welsh cant "bordering of a circle, tire, edge," Breton cant "circle"), from PIE *kam-bo- "corner, bend," from root *kemb- "to bend, turn, change" (cf. Greek kanthos "corner of the eye," Russian kutu "corner").