Origin of shanty; from Canadian French chantier, workshop, applied to lumberers' living quarters ; from OFr: see gantry
Origin of shantyProbably from Canadian French chantier, hut in a lumber camp, from French, timberyard, from Old French, gantry, from Latin canth&emacron;rius, rafter, nag, from Greek kanth&emacron;lios, pack ass.
- (US, pejorative) Living in shanties; poor, ill-mannered and violent.
- That neighborhood is full of shanty Irishmen.
Applied to poor Irish immigrants, from the mid-1800s.
(third-person singular simple present shanties, present participle shantying, simple past and past participle shantied)
- To inhabit a shanty.
From French chantier.
- (unlicenced pub): New Zealand from 1848.
- A sailor"²s work song.
(comparative more shanty, superlative most shanty)
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.