Word of the Day

Thursday, December 16, 1999

cant

\kant\ , verb, noun;
1.
To talk hypocritically.
2.
To speak in the whining or singsong tone of a beggar; beg.
noun:
1.
Insincere, especially conventional expressions of enthusiasm for high ideals, goodness, or piety.
2.
The private language of the underworld.
3.
The phraseology peculiar to a particular class, party, profession, etc.
4.
Whining or singsong speech, especially of beggars.
Quotes:
I don't deny but that may sooner teach a Man to Cant and talk Gibberish, or use fair, smooth, formal Phrases, and religious Words.
-- Richard Ward and Sarah Hutton, The Life of Henry More
A philanthropist by nature, he is not one of those dreamers who hate all that will not aid their one pet scheme, and cant about a general brotherhood which exempts them from particular charity.
-- Robert Alfred Vaughan, Hours with the Mystics
Origin:
Cant comes from the same Latin word as chant, the Latin word for song, cantus. The sense of "insincere talk" arose in the early 1700s.
POWERED BY 4INFO
Get Word of the Day
Free Email Sign Up
Other Delivery Options:
Mobile app
iGoogle
Mac
Facebook
Twitter
RSS
Spanish
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
About PRIVACY POLICY Terms Careers Advertise with Us Contact Us Our Blog Suggest a Word Help