[kan-tee, kahn-]

adjective Chiefly Scot.

cheerful; lively.

Origin of canty

1715–25; < Low German kantig lively; akin to cant3
Related formscant·i·ly, adverbcant·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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adjective cantier or cantiest

Scot and Northern English dialect lively; brisk; in good spirits
Derived Formscantily, adverbcantiness, noun

Word Origin for canty

C18: see cant ³
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