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[shan-tee, chan-]
noun, plural chant·ies.
  1. chantey.
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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.
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Origin of chantey

1855–60; alteration of French chanter to sing; see chant
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Historical Examples of chanty

  • He sang to an old "chanty" tune, one that I remembered well.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • It is time we ceased to sing that Rio Grande chanty: an amende is overdue.


    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.

  • 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!

British Dictionary definitions for chanty


noun plural -ties
  1. a variant of shanty 2
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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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