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shanty1

[shan-tee] /ˈʃæn ti/
noun, plural shanties.
1.
a crudely built hut, cabin, or house.
adjective
2.
of, pertaining to, or constituting a shanty or shanties:
a shanty quarter outside the town walls.
3.
of a low economic or social class, especially when living in a shanty:
shanty people.
verb (used without object), shantied, shantying.
4.
to inhabit a shanty.
Origin
1810-1820
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
Related forms
shantylike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for shantiest

shanty1

/ˈʃæntɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
a ramshackle hut; crude dwelling
2.
(Austral & NZ) a public house, esp an unlicensed one
3.
(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

shanty2

/ˈʃæntɪ/
noun (pl) -ties, -teys
1.
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 shantiest

shanty

n.

"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 shantiest

shanty

noun
  1. A rickety hut; a hovel; a shack (1820+)
  2. A caboose (Railroad)

[origin uncertain; perhaps fr Irish sean-tig, ''old house''; perhaps fr Canadian French chantier, although this is more probably a borrowing of shanty]


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