from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A song sung by sailors to the rhythm of their movements while working.
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- n. A song a sailor sings, especially in rhythm to his work.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A sailor's song.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sailors′ song.
- n. Specifically, a song sung by sailors when at work together, as in hauling or heaving, etc., the better to secure a united pull at the proper moment, which is indicated by the ictus or beat of the music. See chantey-man.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a rhythmical work song originally sung by sailors
Probably from French chantez, imperative pl. of chanter, to sing, from Old French; see chant.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)