1 [shan-tee]
noun, plural shanties.
a crudely built hut, cabin, or house.
of, pertaining 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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shanty1 (ˈʃæntɪ)
n , pl -ties
1.  a ramshackle hut; crude dwelling
2.  (Austral), (NZ) a public house, esp an unlicensed one
3.  formerly, in Canada
 a.  a log bunkhouse at a lumber camp
 b.  the camp itself
[C19: from Canadian French chantier cabin built in a lumber camp, from Old French gantiergantry]

shanty, (US) shantey, (US) chanty or (US) chantey2 (ˈʃæntɪ, ˈtʃæn-, ˈʃæntɪ, ˈtʃæn-)
n , pl -ties, -teys
a song originally sung by sailors, esp a rhythmic one forming an accompaniment to work
[C19: from French chanter to sing; see chant]
shantey, (US) shantey, (US) chanty or (US) chantey2
[C19: from French chanter to sing; see chant]
chanty, (US) shantey, (US) chanty or (US) chantey2
[C19: from French chanter to sing; see chant]
chantey, (US) shantey, (US) chanty or (US) chantey2
[C19: from French chanter to sing; see chant]

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Word Origin & History

"rough cabin," 1820, from Fr. Canadian chantier "lumberjack's headquarters," in Fr., "timberyard, dock," from O.Fr. chantier "gantry," from L. cantherius "rafter, frame" (see gantry). Shanty-town is first recorded 1876; Shanty Irish is from 1928 (title of a book by Jim Tully).

"sea song," 1867, alternative spelling of chanty, from Fr. chantez, imper. of chanter "to sing" (see chant).
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