Cant is a whining type of speech used by beggars, thieves and gypsies.(noun)
An example of cant is two panhandlers speaking to each other in a language that others won't understand.
The definition of cant is phony enthusiasm for goodness.(noun)
An example of cant is the conversation of a wealthy woman who is trying to show her friends how good she is based on the many dollars she gives to charity.
A cant is defined as an external angle in a building.(noun)
An example of a cant is the corner of the brick library.
See cant in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < L cantus: see chant
Origin: < cantthe
Origin: ME & OFr cant, corner, edge, angle < LL cantus < L, iron tire of a wheel < Celt, as in Brythonic cant, rim of a wheel, edge < IE base *kantho-, corner, bend
Origin: ME, bold, brave; prob. < or akin to MDu kant
See cant in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English, side
Origin: , from Old North French
Origin: , from Vulgar Latin *cantus, corner
Origin: , from Latin canthus, rim of wheel, tire
Origin: , of Celtic origin.
Origin: Anglo-Norman cant, song, singing
Origin: , from canter, to sing
Origin: , from Latin cantāre; see kan- in Indo-European roots.
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