- Cant is a whining type of speech used by beggars, thieves and gypsies.
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.
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.
An example of a cant is the corner of the brick library.
cant definition by Webster's New World
- whining, singsong speech, esp. as used by beggars
- the secret slang of beggars, thieves, etc.; argot
- the special words and phrases used by those in a certain sect, occupation, etc.; jargon
- insincere or almost meaningless talk used merely from convention or habit
- religious phraseology used hypocritically; insincere, pious talk
Origin: ; from Classical Latin cantus: see chant
Origin: < cantthe
- canter noun
- a corner or outside angle, as of a building
- a sloping or slanting surface; beveled edge
- a sudden movement, toss, or pitch that causes tilting, turning, or overturning
- the tilt, turn, or slant thus caused
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French cant, corner, edge, angle ; from Late Latin cantus ; from Classical Latin iron tire of a wheel ; from Celtic as in Brythonic cant, rim of a wheel, edge ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kantho-, corner, bend
- to give a sloping edge to; bevel
- to tilt or overturn
- to throw off or out by tilting
- to throw with a jerk; pitch; toss
- to tilt or turn over
- to slant
- with canted sides or corners
Origin: Middle English bold, brave; probably ; from or akin to Middle Dutch kant
cant definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Angular deviation from a vertical or horizontal plane or surface; an inclination or slope.
- A slanted or oblique surface.
- a. A thrust or motion that tilts something.b. The tilt caused by such a thrust or motion.
- An outer corner, as of a building.
- To set at an oblique angle; tilt.
- To give a slanting edge to; bevel.
- To change the direction of suddenly.
- To lean to one side; slant.
- To take an oblique direction or course; swing around, as a ship.
Origin: Middle English, side, from Old North French, from Vulgar Latin *cantus, corner, from Latin canthus, rim of wheel, tire, of Celtic origin.
- Monotonous talk filled with platitudes.
- Hypocritically pious language.
- The special vocabulary peculiar to the members of an underworld group; argot.
- Cant See Shelta.
- Whining speech, such as that used by beggars.
- The special terminology understood among the members of a profession, discipline, or class but obscure to the general population; jargon. See Synonyms at dialect.
- To speak tediously or sententiously; moralize.
- To speak in argot or jargon.
- To speak in a whining, pleading tone.
Origin: Anglo-Norman cant, song, singing, from canter, to sing, from Latin cantāre; see kan- in Indo-European roots.
- cantˈing·ly adverb
- cantˈing·ness noun