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cant

1 [kant]
noun
1.
insincere, especially conventional expressions of enthusiasm for high ideals, goodness, or piety.
2.
the private language of the underworld.
3.
the phraseology peculiar to a particular class, party, profession, etc.: the cant of the fashion industry.
4.
whining or singsong speech, especially of beggars.
verb (used without object)
5.
to talk hypocritically.
6.
to speak in the whining or singsong tone of a beggar; beg.

Origin:
1495–1505; < Latin base cant- in cantus song, canticus singsong, etc., whence Old English cantere singer, cantic song; see chant

cantingly, adverb

cant, jargon, slang.


1. hypocrisy, sham, pretense, humbug.
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cant1 (kænt)
 
n
1.  insincere talk, esp concerning religion or morals; pious platitudes
2.  stock phrases that have become meaningless through repetition
3.  specialized vocabulary of a particular group, such as thieves, journalists, or lawyers; jargon
4.  singsong whining speech, as used by beggars
 
vb
5.  (intr) to speak in or use cant
 
[C16: probably via Norman French canter to sing, from Latin cantāre; used disparagingly, from the 12th century, of chanting in religious services]
 
'canter1
 
n
 
'cantingly1
 
adv

cant2 (kænt)
 
n
1.  inclination from a vertical or horizontal plane; slope; slant
2.  a sudden movement that tilts or turns something
3.  the angle or tilt thus caused
4.  a corner or outer angle, esp of a building
5.  an oblique or slanting surface, edge, or line
 
vb
6.  to tip, tilt, or overturn, esp with a sudden jerk
7.  to set in an oblique position
8.  another word for bevel
 
adj
9.  oblique; slanting
10.  having flat surfaces and without curves
 
[C14 (in the sense: edge, corner): perhaps from Latin canthus iron hoop round a wheel, of obscure origin]
 
'cantic2
 
adj

cant3 (kɑːnt)
 
adj
dialect (Scot), (Northern English) lusty; merry; hearty
 
[C14: related to Low German kant bold, merry]

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cant
"insincere talk," 1709, earlier, slang for "whining of beggars," (1560s), from O.N.Fr. canter "to sing, chant" from L. cantare, freq. of canere "to sing" (see chant). Sense in English developed after 1680 to mean the jargon of criminals and vagabonds, then applied contemptuously
by any sect or school to the phraseology of its rival.

cant
"slant," late 14c., Scottish, from O.N.Fr. cant (perhaps via M.L.G. kante or M.Du. kant), from V.L. *canthus, from L. cantus "iron tire of a wheel," possibly from a Celt. word meaning "rim of wheel, edge," from PIE base *kantho- "corner, bend" (cf. Gk. kanthos "corner of the eye").
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