from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of chantey.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of shanty. (song)

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A chamber-pot.

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  • n. a rhythmical work song originally sung by sailors


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  • Through his open window came the faint, distant beating of the sea; a bird flew past him, a white flash of light; some one was singing the refrain of a Cornish "chanty" -- the swing of the tune came up to him from the garden, and some of the words beat like little bells upon his brain, calling up endless memories of his boyhood.

    The Wooden Horse

  • Here let me enter my protest against the literary preciosity which derives the word from (_un_) _chanté_ and spells it 'chanty' -- in other words, against the gratuitous assumption that unlettered British sailors derived one of the commonest words in their vocabulary from a foreign source.

    The Shanty Book, Part I, Sailor Shanties

  • That worthy picking up the scent of the fagend of the song or words growled in wouldbe music but with great vim some kind of chanty or other in seconds or thirds.


  • To the tune of a Dutch sailors '"chanty" the links of the cable slowly clanked inboard.

    Boy Scouts in the North Sea The Mystery of a Sub

  • Eli broke out in a lumberman's "chanty" that he had picked up while in camp -- Cuthbert joined in the chorus, and unable to withstand the seductive strains, Owen found himself also lifting his voice and adding volume to the merry sound.

    Canoe Mates in Canada Three Boys Afloat on the Saskatchewan

  • The singing swept in a few times a day, just like the tides, the whole chanty moving with it - for a sea chanty's a live thing, not locked down and stable.

    Valentines, part the first

  • She lived in an old sea chanty, interpreted by emilytheslayer.

    Valentines, part the first

  • Sometimes the singing swept in an unwary singer, one who closed their eyes during call and response and smelled the sea air and let the chanty carry them in; for a few measures, she had lovers.

    Valentines, part the first

  • She lived in an old sea chanty, on the shores of the great big sea.

    Valentines, part the first

  • We hove up anchor to a jolly chanty, and sailed out of Yokohama harbour for San Francisco.

    Chapter 17


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