chantey definition by Webster's New World
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chantey definition by American Heritage Dictionary
also chan·ty or shan·tey or shan·tynoun pl. chan·teys also chan·ties or shan·teys or shan·ties
A song sung by sailors to the rhythm of their movements while working.
Origin: Probably from French chantez, imperative pl. of chanter, to sing, from Old French; see chant.