canter

1
[kan-ter]

noun

an easy gallop.

verb (used with or without object)

to move or ride at a canter.

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Nearby words

  1. cantata,
  2. cantatrice,
  3. canteen,
  4. canteen culture,
  5. canteloube,
  6. canterbury,
  7. canterbury bell,
  8. canterbury bells,
  9. canterbury lamb,
  10. canterbury pilgrims

Origin of canter

1
First recorded in 1745–55; short for Canterbury to ride at a pace like that of Canterbury pilgrims

canter

2
[kan-ter]

noun

a person who is much given to the use of cant.

Origin of canter

2
First recorded in 1870–75; cant1 + -er1

cant

2
[kant]

noun

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.

adjective

oblique or slanting.

verb (used with object)

to bevel; form an oblique surface upon.
to put in an oblique position; tilt; tip.
to throw with a sudden jerk.

verb (used without object)

to take or have an inclined position; tilt; turn.

Origin of cant

2
1325–75; Middle English: side, border < Anglo-French cant, Old French chant < a Romance base *cantu(m) with the related senses “rim, border” and “angle corner,” probably < Celtic; compare Latin cant(h)us iron tire (< Celtic), Welsh cant periphery, rim, felloe; probably not akin to Greek kanthós corner of the eye; cf. canteen, cantle, canton

Related formscant·ic, adjective

cant

3
[kahnt]

adjective Scot. and North England.

hearty; merry.

Origin of cant

3
1250–1300; Middle English < Low German kant merry, bold

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British Dictionary definitions for canter

canter

noun

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

verb

to move or cause to move at a canter

Word Origin for canter

C18: short for Canterbury trot, the supposed pace at which pilgrims rode to Canterbury

cant

1

noun

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

verb

(intr) to speak in or use cant
Derived Formscanter, nouncantingly, adverb

Word Origin for cant

C16: probably via Norman French canter to sing, from Latin cantāre; used disparagingly, from the 12th century, of chanting in religious services

cant

2

noun

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

verb (tr)

to tip, tilt, or overturn, esp with a sudden jerk
to set in an oblique position
another word for bevel (def. 1)

adjective

oblique; slanting
having flat surfaces and without curves
Derived Formscantic, adjective

Word Origin for cant

C14 (in the sense: edge, corner): perhaps from Latin canthus iron hoop round a wheel, of obscure origin

cant

3

adjective

Scot and Northern English dialect lusty; merry; hearty

Word Origin for cant

C14: related to Low German kant bold, merry

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Word Origin and History for canter
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