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shanty

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[ shan-tee ]
/ ˈʃæn ti /
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noun, plural shan·ties.
a crudely built hut, cabin, or house.
adjective
of, relating to, or constituting a shanty or shanties: a shanty quarter outside the town walls.
of a low economic or social class, especially when living in a shanty: shanty people.
verb (used without object), shan·tied, shan·ty·ing.
to inhabit a shanty.
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Origin of shanty

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1810–20; probably <Canadian French chantier lumber camp, hut; French: yard, depot, gantry, stand for barrels <Latin cant(h)ērius rafter, prop, literally, horse in poor condition, nag <Greek kanthḗlios pack ass

OTHER WORDS FROM shanty

shan·ty·like, adjective

Other definitions for shanty (2 of 2)

shanty2
[ shan-tee ]
/ ˈʃæn ti /

noun, plural shan·ties.
a sailors' song, especially one sung in rhythm to work.
Also chant·y, chan·tey [shan-tee, chan-] /ˈʃæn ti, ˈtʃæn-/ . Sometimes shan·tey .

Origin of shanty

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First recorded 1855–60; alteration of French chanter “to sing”; see origin at chant
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British Dictionary definitions for shanty (1 of 2)

shanty1
/ (ˈʃæntɪ) /

noun plural -ties
a ramshackle hut; crude dwelling
Australian and NZ a public house, esp an unlicensed one
(formerly, in Canada)
  1. a log bunkhouse at a lumber camp
  2. the camp itself

Word Origin for shanty

C19: from Canadian French chantier cabin built in a lumber camp, from Old French gantier gantry

British Dictionary definitions for shanty (2 of 2)

shanty2

shantey US chanty or chantey (ˈʃæntɪ, ˈtʃæn-)

/ (ˈʃæntɪ) /

noun plural -ties or -teys
a song originally sung by sailors, esp a rhythmic one forming an accompaniment to work

Word Origin for shanty

C19: from French chanter to sing; see chant
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