[ shan-tee, chan- ]

noun,plural chant·eys.
  1. a variant of shanty2.

Words Nearby chantey Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use chantey in a sentence

  • The black chantey-man answered and joined Jones, and the mate mustered representatives of four continents as he drawled, “Valdez!”

    The Viking Blood | Frederick William Wallace
  • Voices rippled from chantey to roundelay and back to chantey again.

    Strange Stories of the Great Valley | Abbie Johnston Grosvenor
  • The old mans chantey—it now had to do with one Old Stormy, alleged to be dead and gone—promptly ceased.

    Cursed | George Allan England
  • So intent had he been that he had quite failed to notice the cessation of the old cooks chantey.

    Cursed | George Allan England
  • Now, I say that Czerny's men were firing rifle-shots at the anchored schooner, and that sound was a true chantey for our ears.

    The House Under the Sea | Sir Max Pemberton

British Dictionary definitions for chantey


/ (ˈʃæntɪ, ˈtʃæn-) /

nounplural -teys
  1. the usual US spelling of shanty 2

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