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or chanty, shantey, shanty

[shan-tee, chan-] /ˈʃæn ti, ˈtʃæn-/
noun, plural chanteys.
a sailors' song, especially one sung in rhythm to work.
Origin of chantey
1855-60; alteration of French chanter to sing; see chant Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Voices rippled from chantey to roundelay and back to chantey again.

    Strange Stories of the Great Valley Abbie Johnston Grosvenor
  • That wan't no rum and woman song, that was the old 'Whisky, Johnny' chantey.

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Then, far across the harbor, I heard the great voice of a chantey man singing while the crew heaved at the windlass.

    The Great Quest Charles Boardman Hawes
  • The song or chantey was familiar to deep-sea sailors many years ago.

    The Dead Men's Song Champion Ingraham Hitchcock
  • He was piecing out the chantey and fitting words to it, and succeeding rather well.

    In the Days of the Guild Louise Lamprey
British Dictionary definitions for chantey


/ˈʃæntɪ; ˈtʃæn-/
noun (pl) -teys
the usual US spelling of shanty2
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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