[shan-tee, chan-]


or chant·y, shan·tey, shan·ty

[shan-tee, chan-]
noun, plural chant·eys.
  1. 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. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for chanty


noun plural -ties
  1. a variant of shanty 2


noun plural -teys
  1. the usual US spelling of shanty 2
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Word Origin and History for chanty

1856, also shanty, chantey; probably an alteration of French chanter "to sing" (see chant (v.)); perhaps from French chantez, imperative of chanter.

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