Shanty Definition

shăntē
shanties
noun
shanties
A small, shabby dwelling; shack; hut.
Webster's New World
Webster's New World
A rudimentary or improvised dwelling, especially one not legally owned.
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(Australia, New Zealand) An unlicenced pub.

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A sailor"²s work song.
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adjective
(US, pejorative) Living in shanties; poor, ill-mannered and violent.
That neighborhood is full of shanty Irishmen.
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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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verb
To inhabit a shanty.
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Other Word Forms of Shanty

Noun

Singular:
shanty
Plural:
shanties

Origin of Shanty

  • Probably from Canadian French chantier hut in a lumber camp from French timberyard from Old French gantry from Latin canthērius rafter, nag from Greek kanthēlios pack ass

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

  • From French chantez, imperative of chanter (“to sing").

    From Wiktionary

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