Cant meaning

kănt
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(brit., dial.) Lusty; bold; hearty.
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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.

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A cant is defined as an external angle in a building.

An example of a cant is the corner of the brick library.

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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.

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A slanted or oblique surface.
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To set at an oblique angle; tilt.
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To give a slanting edge to; bevel.
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To change the direction of suddenly.
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To lean to one side; slant.
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To take an oblique direction or course; swing around, as a ship.
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Tedious or hackneyed language, especially when used sanctimoniously.
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Whining or singsong speech, such as that used by beggars.
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To speak tediously or sanctimoniously.
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To speak in argot or jargon.
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To speak in a whining or singsong voice.
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Canticle of Canticles.
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Whining, singsong speech, esp. as used by beggars.
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The secret slang of beggars, thieves, etc.; argot.
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The special words and phrases used by those in a certain sect, occupation, etc.; jargon.
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Insincere or almost meaningless talk used merely from convention or habit.
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Religious phraseology used hypocritically; insincere, pious talk.
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To use cant; speak in cant.
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Of, or having the nature of, cant.
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A corner or outside angle, as of a building.
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A sloping or slanting surface; beveled edge.
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A sudden movement, toss, or pitch that causes tilting, turning, or overturning.
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The tilt, turn, or slant thus caused.
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To give a sloping edge to; bevel.
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To tilt or overturn.
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To throw off or out by tilting.
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To throw with a jerk; pitch; toss.
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To tilt or turn over.
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To slant.
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With canted sides or corners.
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Slanting.
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Canticles.
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Cantonese.
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(countable) An argot, the jargon of a particular class or subgroup.

He had the look of a prince, but the cant of a fishmonger.

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(countable, uncountable) A private or secret language used by a religious sect, gang, or other group.
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(uncountable, pejorative) Empty, hypocritical talk.

People claim to care about the poor of Africa, but it is largely cant.

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(uncountable) Whining speech, such as that used by beggars.
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(countable, heraldry) A blazon of a coat of arms that makes a pun upon the name of the bearer, canting arms.
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(intransitive) To speak with the jargon of a class or subgroup.
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(intransitive) To speak in set phrases.
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(intransitive) To preach in a singsong fashion, especially in a false or empty manner.
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(intransitive, heraldry) Of a blazon, to make a pun that references the bearer of a coat of arms.
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Slope, the angle at which something is set.
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An outer or external angle.
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An inclination from a horizontal or vertical line; a slope or bevel; a tilt.

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A movement or throw that overturns something.
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A sudden thrust, push, kick, or other impulse, producing a bias or change of direction; also, the bias or turn so give.

To give a ball a cant.

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(coopering) A segment forming a side piece in the head of a cask.

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A segment of the rim of a wooden cogwheel.

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(nautical) A piece of wood laid upon the deck of a vessel to support the bulkheads.
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To set (something) at an angle.

To cant a cask; to cant a ship.

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To give a sudden turn or new direction to.

To cant round a stick of timber; to cant a football.

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To bevel an edge or corner.
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To overturn so that the contents are emptied.
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To divide or parcel out.
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(UK, dialect) Lively, lusty.
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Angular deviation from a vertical or horizontal plane or surface; an inclination or slope.
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An outer corner, as of a building.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cant
Plural:
cants

Origin of cant

  • Middle English side from Old North French from Vulgar Latin cantus corner from Latin canthus rim of wheel, tire of Celtic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Anglo-Norman cant song, singing from canter to sing from Latin cantāre kan- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin cantō probably via Old Northern French canter (“sing, tell”), cognate with chant.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English, presumably from Middle Low German *kant

    From Wiktionary