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[shant, shahnt] /ʃænt, ʃɑnt/
contraction of shall not.
Usage note Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Of course you think Lottie is the prettiest, and I shant quarrel with you about that.

    The White Rose of Memphis William C. Falkner
  • And even so we shant be able to prevent her doing things to us—and for us.

    Adrienne Toner Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Good Lord deliver us, said Edward; I shant get four bob a stone for them.

    Mrs. Craddock W. Somerset Maugham
  • She steers because she intends to steer and intends I shant.

    Adrienne Toner Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Why, I shant see anything of you girls all vacation, he said.

    Wheat and Huckleberries Charlotte Marion (White) Vaile
  • But until you tell me youre the villain of the piece, I shant be able to believe it.

    The Luminous Face Carolyn Wells
  • I dont want to be selfish, but I shant be here much longer, you know, and must make the most of my chances for riding with you.

    Wheat and Huckleberries Charlotte Marion (White) Vaile
  • As you wont come in on the profits, you shant take any risks, Denby said.

    Under Cover Roi Cooper Megrue
  • There wont be a light in the window because I shant be there.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • Thank you, Mr. Coachman, you make me very happy—I shant cry any more.

British Dictionary definitions for shant


shall not
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shant


by 1660s, "colloquial" [OED] contraction of shall not.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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