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[shan-tee] /ˈʃæn ti/
noun, plural shanties.
a crudely built hut, cabin, or house.
of, relating to, or constituting a shanty or shanties:
a shanty quarter outside the town walls.
of a low economic or social class, especially when living in a shanty:
shanty people.
verb (used without object), shantied, shantying.
to inhabit a shanty.
1810-20; probably < Canadian French chantier lumber camp, hut; French: yard, depot, gantry, stand for barrels < Latin cant(h)ērius rafter, prop, literally, horse in poor condition, nag < Greek kanthḗlios pack ass
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shantylike, adjective


[shan-tee] /ˈʃæn ti/
noun, plural shanties.
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Examples from the web for shanties
  • There are vast slums of dirt roads and shanties and a conspicuous homeless population in the heart of downtown.
  • By the sides of the road there were bamboo-walled shacks and palm-thatched shanties, pats of dung and piles of refuse.
  • Palatial new houses are rising up next to tin-roofed shanties.
  • Behind the late ruler's palaces, which line wide empty boulevards, are shacks and shanties stretching to the horizon.
  • The blocks they formed were empty except for scattered shanties, a few small inns, and country houses built before the war.
  • Temporary shanties sprang up throughout the devastated city and beyond.
  • Frequent clashes have claimed dozens of lives on both sides and destroyed thousands of shanties.
  • Anglers are required to remove shanties as soon as the ice is unsafe to hold them, regardless of the date.
  • Ice shanties are small shelters which can help keep you out of the wind and blowing snow as you fish.
  • Anglers should note that the regulations for removing ice shanties were changed this year.
British Dictionary definitions for shanties


noun (pl) -ties
a ramshackle hut; crude dwelling
(Austral & NZ) a public house, esp an unlicensed one
(formerly, in Canada)
  1. a log bunkhouse at a lumber camp
  2. the camp itself
Word Origin
C19: from Canadian French chantier cabin built in a lumber camp, from Old French gantiergantry


noun (pl) -ties, -teys
a song originally sung by sailors, esp a rhythmic one forming an accompaniment to work
Word Origin
C19: from French chanter to sing; see chant
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Word Origin and History for shanties



"rough cabin," 1820, from Canadian French chantier "lumberjack's headquarters," in French, "timberyard, dock," from Old French chantier "gantry," from Latin cantherius "rafter, frame" (see gantry). Shanty Irish in reference to the Irish underclass in the U.S., is from 1928 (title of a book by Jim Tully).

"sea song," 1867, alternative spelling of chanty (n.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for shanties

shank it

verb phrase

To walk; hike (1862+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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