American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A roughly built, often ramshackle cabin; a shack.
- n. Variant of chantey.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Jaunty; gay; showy.
- n. A hut or mean dwelling; a temporary building of rough and flimsy character, Compare boist.
- n. A public house, or place where liquor is sold.
- To live in a shanty, as lumbermen do: common in Manitoba and the lumber regions of North America.
- n. A song with a boisterous chorus, sung by sailors while heaving at the capstan or windlass or hoisting up heavy weights, to enable them to pull or heave together in time with the song.
- To visit the grog-shanty habitually; drink frequently or habitually at a public-house.
- n. A roughly-built hut or cabin.
- n. A rudimentary or improvised dwelling, especially one not legally owned.
- n. Australia, New Zealand An unlicenced pub.
- adj. US, pejorative Living in shanties; poor, ill-mannered and violent.
- v. To inhabit a shanty.
- n. A sailor′s work song.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Prov. Eng. Jaunty; showy.
- n. A small, mean dwelling; a rough, slight building for temporary use; a hut.
- v. To inhabit a shanty.
- n. a rhythmical work song originally sung by sailors
- n. small crude shelter used as a dwelling
- From French chantez, imperative of chanter ("to sing"). (Wiktionary)
- Probably from Canadian French chantier, hut in a lumber camp, from French, timberyard, from Old French, gantry, from Latin canthērius, rafter, nag, from Greek kanthēlios, pack ass. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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