a song formerly sung by sailors in rhythm with their motions while working, as while turning a capstan
also sp. chan′ty
Origin of chanteyfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps French chantez, imperative of chanter: see chant
also chan·ty or shan·tey or shan·ty
nounpl. 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 of chanteyProbably from French chantez imperative pl. of chanter to sing from Old French; see chant .