chanty

[shan-tee, chan-]
noun, plural chanties.
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chanty (ˈʃæntɪ, ˈtʃæn-)
 
n , pl -ties
a variant of shanty

shanty, (US) shantey, (US) chanty or (US) chantey2 (ˈʃæntɪ, ˈtʃæn-, ˈʃæntɪ, ˈtʃæn-)
 
n , pl -ties, -teys
a song originally sung by sailors, esp a rhythmic one forming an accompaniment to work
 
[C19: from French chanter to sing; see chant]
 
shantey, (US) shantey, (US) chanty or (US) chantey2
 
n
 
[C19: from French chanter to sing; see chant]
 
chanty, (US) shantey, (US) chanty or (US) chantey2
 
n
 
[C19: from French chanter to sing; see chant]
 
chantey, (US) shantey, (US) chanty or (US) chantey2
 
n
 
[C19: from French chanter to sing; see chant]

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chanty
1856, also shanty, probably alteration of Fr. chanter "to sing" (see chant).
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Example sentences
We'd be making sail in the dawn, with a fair breeze, singing a chanty song wid no care to it.
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