are n't, are not, and of am not, and with greater license also of is not. In the second pronunciation also written ain't or aint.' name='description'> an't - definition and meaning

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A colloquial contraction of are n't, are not, and of am not, and with greater license also of is not. In the second pronunciation also written ain't or aint.
  • noun A dialectal reduction of ha'n't, a contraction of have not and has not. Also written ain't, aint, like hain't, haint.
  • noun A colloquial contraction of an it, if it. See an, and.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • possessive noun Colloq. & illiterate speech. A contraction for are and am not; also used for is not; -- now usually written ain't.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • phrase dialect , (archaic) shortening of amn’t, from am not
  • phrase dialect , (archaic) respelling of aren’t, from are not, in some non-rhotic dialects
  • phrase dialect , (archaic) variant of isn’t, from is not

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  • =am not. See also ain't.

    December 9, 2007