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cant

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adjective \ˈkant\

Definition of cant

dial English

  1. :  lively, lusty



Origin and Etymology of cant

Middle English, probably from Middle Low German *kant


First Known Use: 14th century


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cant

verb

Definition of cant

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give a cant or oblique edge to :  bevel

  3. 2 :  to set at an angle :  tilt

  4. 3 chiefly British :  to throw with a lurch

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to pitch to one side :  lean

  7. 2 :  slope



Origin and Etymology of cant

3cant


First Known Use: circa 1543


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cant

noun

Definition of cant

  1. 1 obsolete :  corner, niche

  2. 2 :  an external angle (as of a building)

  3. 3 :  a log with one or more squared sides

  4. 4 a :  an oblique or slanting surface b :  inclination, slope



Origin and Etymology 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


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cant

adjective

Definition of cant

  1. 1 :  having canted corners or sides

  2. 2 :  inclined 2



1663

First Known Use of cant

1663


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cant

verb

Definition of cant

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to talk or beg in a whining or singsong manner

  3. 2 :  to speak in cant or jargon

  4. 3 :  to talk hypocritically



Origin and Etymology 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


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cant

noun

Definition of cant

  1. 1 :  affected singsong or whining speech

  2. 2 a :  the private language of the underworld b obsolete :  the phraseology peculiar to a religious class or sect c :  jargon 2

  3. 3 :  a set or stock phrase

  4. 4 :  the expression or repetition of conventional or trite opinions or sentiments; especially :  the insincere use of pious words



1640

First Known Use of cant

1640

Other Language Terms


Cant

abbreviation

Definition of Cant

  1. 1 Canticle of Canticles

  2. 2 Cantonese




Medical Dictionary

cant

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noun \ˈkant\

Medical Definition of cant

  1. :  an oblique or slanting surface





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