Definitions

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  • Nonstandard spelling of shan't.

Etymologies

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This came briefly into use at the end of the eighteenth century. It is not an older form of the contraction, though, as shan't predates it in print by about a century. (Source: World Wide Words )

Examples

  • I've known partly enough of the state already; but if ever I marry again, which is a moot point, I sha'n't do it hand over head, like a boy, without knowing what I'm about.

    Camilla

  • Eugenia, give him to understand it's a thing I sha'n't take very kind of him. '

    Camilla

  • 'No, I sha'n't do that, sir, I'm not over and above fond of water at best.

    Camilla

  • It's a deal of expence keeping them animals; and though I know they reckon me near, I sha'n't do no such thing; for if a man does not take a little care of his money when once he has got it, especially if it's honestly, I think he's a fool for his pains; begging pardon for speaking my mind so freely. '

    Camilla

  • 'O, that's another thing; if the young lady's sorry, I sha'n't think of holding out.

    Camilla

  • But as to what people take me for, that behave so out of character, it's what I sha'n't trouble my head about.

    Camilla

  • I sha'n't tell them whether I'm one or t'other, or whether I'm neither.

    Camilla

  • I sha'n't fool it away in a hurry, I promise you! '

    Camilla

  • 'Pho, pho, go directly; or you sha'n't dine before eight o'clock for the whole Tunbridge season.'

    Camilla

  • But if ever I detect any of those monkies mocking us, and wearing our feathers, when you a'n't by, I sha'n't put up with it so mildly.

    Camilla

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