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1cant

adjective \ˈkant\

Definition of CANT

dial English
:  lively, lusty

Origin of CANT

Middle English, probably from Middle Low German *kant
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with CANT

2cant

verb

Definition of CANT

transitive verb
1
:  to give a cant or oblique edge to :  bevel
2
:  to set at an angle :  tilt
3
chiefly British :  to throw with a lurch
intransitive verb
1
:  to pitch to one side :  lean
2
:  slope

Origin of CANT

3cant
First Known Use: circa 1543

3cant

noun

Definition of CANT

1
obsolete :  corner, niche
2
:  an external angle (as of a building)
3
:  a log with one or more squared sides
4
a :  an oblique or slanting surface
b :  inclination, slope

Origin of CANT

Middle English cant side, probably from Middle Dutch or Middle French dialect; Middle Dutch, edge, corner, from Middle French dialect (Picard), from Latin canthus, cantus iron tire, perhaps of Celtic origin; akin to Welsh cant rim; perhaps akin to Greek kanthos corner of the eye
First Known Use: 1603

4cant

adjective

Definition of CANT

1
:  having canted corners or sides
2
:  inclined 2

First Known Use of CANT

1663

5cant

verb

Definition of CANT

intransitive verb
1
:  to talk or beg in a whining or singsong manner
2
:  to speak in cant or jargon
3
:  to talk hypocritically

Origin of CANT

perhaps from Middle French dialect (Norman-Picard) canter to tell, literally, to sing, from Latin cantare — more at chant
First Known Use: 1567

6cant

noun

Definition of CANT

1
:  affected singsong or whining speech
2
a :  the private language of the underworld
b obsolete :  the phraseology peculiar to a religious class or sect
c :  jargon 2
3
:  a set or stock phrase
4
:  the expression or repetition of conventional or trite opinions or sentiments; especially :  the insincere use of pious words

First Known Use of CANT

1640

Other Language Terms

cognate, collocation, homonym

Cant

abbreviation

Definition of CANT

1
Canticle of Canticles

Other Bible Terms

antediluvian, apocalyptic, apocrypha, behemoth
Medical Dictionary

cant

noun \ˈkant\

Medical Definition of CANT

:  an oblique or slanting surface

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