or chant·y, shan·tey, shan·ty
- a sailors' song, especially one sung in rhythm to work.
Origin of chantey
1855–60; alteration of French chanter to sing; see chant
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Examples from the Web for chanty
He sang to an old "chanty" tune, one that I remembered well.The Harbor
It is time we ceased to sing that Rio Grande chanty: an amende is overdue.Merchantmen-at-Arms
David W. Bone
She resumed her song with a gay air of bravado; passing from one chanty to another in a voice fluty as a blackbird.A Mating in the Wilds
After paying actual expenses, Mr. Stephen, however, handed the surplus to a chanty.
And how if then, one evening, you had seen a Blackwall liner haul out for the Antipodes while her crew sang a chanty!
- a variant of shanty 2
- 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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