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ain't

[eynt]
1.
Nonstandard except in some dialects. am not; are not; is not.
2.
Nonstandard. have not; has not; do not; does not; did not.

Origin:
1770–80; variant of amn't (contraction of am not) by loss of m and raising with compensatory lengthening of a; cf. aren't


As a substitute for am not, is not, and are not in declarative sentences, ain't is more common in uneducated speech than in educated, but it occurs with some frequency in the informal speech of the educated, especially in the southern and south-central states. This is especially true of the interrogative use of ain't I? as a substitute for the formal and—to some—stilted am I not? or for aren't I?, considered by some to be ungrammatical, or for the awkward—and rare in American speech—amn't I? Some speakers avoid any of the preceding forms by substituting Isn't that so (true, the case)? Ain't occurs in humorous or set phrases: Ain't it the truth! She ain't what she used to be. It ain't funny. The word is also used for emphasis: That just ain't so! It does not appear in formal writing except for deliberate effect in such phrases or to represent speech. As a substitute for have not or has not and—occasionally in Southern speech—do not, does not, and did not, it is nonstandard except in similar humorous uses: You ain't heard nothin' yet! See also aren't.
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ain't (eɪnt)
 
contraction of
am not, is not, are not, have not, or has not: I ain't seen it

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Word Origin & History

ain't
1706, originally a contraction of am not, and in proper use with that sense until it began to be used as a generic contraction for are not, is not, etc., in early 19c. Cockney dialect of London, popularized by representations of this in Dickens, etc., which led to the word being banished from correct
English.
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ain't definition


  1. in.
    is not. (Colloquial. Stigmatized, jocular, mock undereducated, as well as undereducated use. Its use is widespread and sometimes deliberate in educated spoken use and when writing for effect. Properly an old contraction of am not or are not. The battle against ain't was lost at least two centuries ago but is still fought in isolated areas. See also If it ain't broke don't fix it.; If it ain't broke, fix it till it is.; That ain't hay!; There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.) : Saying “Ain't ain't in the dictionary” ain't so.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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