or chant·y, shan·tey, shan·ty

[shan-tee, chan-]

noun, plural chant·eys.

a sailors' song, especially one sung in rhythm to work.

Origin of chantey

1855–60; alteration of French chanter to sing; see chant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chantey

Historical Examples of chantey

  • That wan't no rum and woman song, that was the old 'Whisky, Johnny' chantey.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • Voices rippled from chantey to roundelay and back to chantey again.

    Strange Stories of the Great Valley

    Abbie Johnston Grosvenor

  • The song or chantey was familiar to deep-sea sailors many years ago.

    The Dead Men's Song

    Champion Ingraham Hitchcock

  • Then, far across the harbor, I heard the great voice of a chantey man singing while the crew heaved at the windlass.

    The Great Quest

    Charles Boardman Hawes

  • He was piecing out the chantey and fitting words to it, and succeeding rather well.

British Dictionary definitions for chantey


noun plural -teys

the usual US spelling of shanty 2
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