- affectedly or hypocritically pious or righteous: a canting social reformer.
Origin of canting
- insincere, especially conventional expressions of enthusiasm for high ideals, goodness, or piety.
- the private language of the underworld.
- the phraseology peculiar to a particular class, party, profession, etc.: the cant of the fashion industry.
- whining or singsong speech, especially of beggars.
- to talk hypocritically.
- to speak in the whining or singsong tone of a beggar; beg.
Origin of cant1
SynonymsSee more synonyms for cant on Thesaurus.com
- 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
Examples from the Web for canting
He threw the helmet with a clatter on to the table as if it had been the knave's canting head.Viviette
William J. Locke
His tongue is very voluble, which, with canting, proves him a linguist.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
The sanctity of human life is the canting cry of the falsely sentimental.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
To bed with you, you canting hypocrite; your wound makes you light-headed.The Tavern Knight
The uncle was a damn rebellious, canting, planting Scotchman.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
- 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
- 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
- Scot and Northern English dialect lusty; merry; hearty
Word Origin and History for canting
"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").