chanty

[ shan-tee, chan- ]
/ ˈʃæn ti, ˈtʃæn- /
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noun, plural chant·ies.


Nearby words

  1. chanticleer,
  2. chantilly,
  3. chantilly lace,
  4. chantress,
  5. chantry,
  6. chanukah,
  7. chanukiah,
  8. chanute,
  9. chany,
  10. chao k'uang-yin

chantey

or chant·y, shan·tey, shan·ty

[ shan-tee, chan- ]
/ ˈʃæn ti, ˈtʃæn- /

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

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British Dictionary definitions for chanty

chanty

/ (ˈʃæntɪ, ˈtʃæn-) /

noun plural -ties

a variant of shanty 2

chantey

/ (ˈʃæntɪ, ˈtʃæn-) /

noun plural -teys

the usual US spelling of shanty 2
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Word Origin and History for chanty

chanty

n.

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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