Cant definitions

kănt
Whining, singsong speech, esp. as used by beggars.
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Canticles.
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Cantonese.
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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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Of, or having the nature of, cant.
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Insincere or almost meaningless talk used merely from convention or habit.
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With canted sides or corners.
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Religious phraseology used hypocritically; insincere, pious talk.
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Slanting.
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A corner or outside angle, as of a building.
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Lusty; bold; hearty.
adjective
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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 use cant; speak in cant.
verb
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To tilt or turn over.
verb
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To slant.
verb
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To give a sloping edge to; bevel.
verb
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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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Canticle of Canticles.
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To speak tediously or sanctimoniously.
verb
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To speak in argot or jargon.
verb
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To speak in a whining or singsong voice.
verb
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Angular deviation from a vertical or horizontal plane or surface; an inclination or slope.
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A slanted or oblique surface.
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An outer corner, as of a building.
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A thrust or motion that tilts something.
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To set at an oblique angle; tilt.
verb
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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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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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(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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(uncountable, pejorative) Empty, hypocritical talk.

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

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(intransitive) To speak with the jargon of a class or subgroup.
verb
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To overturn so that the contents are emptied.
verb
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(UK, dialect) Lively, lusty.
adjective
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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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(countable, uncountable) A private or secret language used by a religious sect, gang, or other group.
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(uncountable) Whining speech, such as that used by beggars.
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(intransitive) To speak in set phrases.
verb
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To divide or parcel out.
verb
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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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(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 preach in a singsong fashion, especially in a false or empty manner.
verb
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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.

noun
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(intransitive, heraldry) Of a blazon, to make a pun that references the bearer of a coat of arms.
verb
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Slope, the angle at which something is set.
noun
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(coopering) A segment forming a side piece in the head of a cask.

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An outer or external angle.
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A segment of the rim of a wooden cogwheel.

noun
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To set (something) at an angle.

To cant a cask; to cant a ship.

verb
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An inclination from a horizontal or vertical line; a slope or bevel; a tilt.

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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 give a sudden turn or new direction to.

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

verb
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A movement or throw that overturns something.
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To bevel an edge or corner.
verb
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The tilt caused by such a thrust or motion.
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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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The special vocabulary peculiar to the members of an underworld group; argot.
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The special vocabulary of a profession, discipline, or social group; jargon.
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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