American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Nonstandard Contraction of am not.
- Nonstandard Used also as a contraction for are not, is not, has not, and have not.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vulgar contraction of the negative phrases am not and are not: often used for is not, and also, with a variant hain't, for have not and has not.
- are not, aren’t; is not, isn’t; am not.
- dialectal, informal have not, haven’t; has not, hasn’t.
- dialectal, informal do not, don’t; does not, doesn’t; did not, didn’t.
GNU Webster's 1913
- A contraction for
are notand am not; also used for is not. [Colloq. or illiterate speech]. See an't.
- 1. From the earlier form an’t, a contraction of am not, are not, and is not. The shift from IPA: /ænt/ to IPA: /eɪnt/ parallels a similar change in some dialects with can’t. In other dialects the pronunciation shifted to IPA: /ɑːnt/, and the spelling aren’t, when used to mean “am not”, is due to the fact that both words are pronounced IPA: /ɑːnt/ in some non-rhotic dialects. Historically, ain’t was present in many dialects of the English language, but not in the southeastern England dialect that became the standard, where it is only found in the construction aren’t I?. (Wiktionary)
“I bet there are real voices in her head warning her to make sure Sasha's hair is combed, or that Malia doesn't have ashy elbows or avoid using the term ain't in a sentence!”
“Rebecca Nicholson"You ain't heard nothin' yet," proclaimed Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer in 1927, heralding the end of the silent era in movie-making.”
“There ain't no sheriff in this town, or at least there will not be for at least another six months," said Barclays Capital analyst Paul Horsnell .”
“Her resentments toward the industry are apparent on last year's leak, "Hollywood," in which she sings: "Mother always told me, 'Jo, be careful, everything that glitters ain't gold," and later urges, "Don't sell your soul to have what someone had yesterday.”
“Perhaps James and Wade really weren't celebrating after Wade's three-pointer and perhaps in their mutual stare expressed their understanding that, to quote Yogi Berra again, it ain't over till it's over -- and that they needed, more than ever, to be focused and mentally tough and keep clawing like they were being by 15 points.”
“Unless, of course, lining the Dems pockets with legal fees is the real reason we Dems exist, ain't it Mr. Prez?”
“Bet the media ain't bringing that up to show this confederate flag defender is nothing but a scum bag ....”
“It ain't over till the fat lady sings - or in this case - till the checks clear.”
“Dodd you lying, cheating sack of crap, are going down and you can invoke Ted Kennedy all you want, "ain't gonna help ya".”
“Why would I do that? .... well, for openers how about this: if an Administration cannot deliver Trust to the people, it ain't gonna do much else.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘ain't’.
My big word list.
Words added to mark occasions of our lives
being words from Tom Waits songs.
They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
In a Sieve they went to sea:
In spite of all their friends could say,
On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
In a Sieve they went to...
...and yet still do
A sad song by Dar Williams, from her album The Honesty Room.
The blue it speaks so full
It's like the beauty one can barely stand
Or too much things dropped in your ...
my least-favorite words of all.
Looking for tweets for ain't.