[ shan-tee, chan- ]

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

Words Nearby chanty Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use chanty in a sentence

  • From without came the low lapping of the tide, and from over the water a sailor's chanty from the barque.

  • Whistling cheerily, a rollicking chanty of the sea to which his feet kept time, he walked briskly along.

    The Argus Pheasant | John Charles Beecham
  • But the selectman hummed an old sea chanty while he hunted for a blank, and smiled as he penned the document.

  • I find a great difference between the old-fashioned chanty man and the modern seaman who never sings at his work.

    Thomas Hardy's Dorset | Robert Thurston Hopkins
  • All the crew were aboard and a knot of swaying bodies turned the windlass to the rhythm of a muttered chanty.

    The Black Buccaneer | Stephen W. Meader

British Dictionary definitions for chanty


/ (ˈʃæntɪ, ˈtʃæn-) /

nounplural -ties
  1. a variant of shanty 2

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