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shanty

Definition of shanty

  1. variant of chantey




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shanty

noun

Definition of shanty

plural

shanties

  1. :  a small crudely built dwelling or shelter usually of wood



Examples of shanty in a sentence

  1. <lived just off the beach in a crude shanty>



Origin and Etymology of shanty

probably from Canadian French chantier lumber camp, hut, from French, builder's yard, ways, support for barrels, from Old French chantier, gantier support — more at gantry


First Known Use: 1820

Rhymes with shanty


SHANTY Defined for Kids

shanty

noun shan·ty \ˈshan-tē\

Definition of shanty for Students

plural

shanties

  1. :  a small roughly built shelter or dwelling





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