cal·​lant ˈka-lənt How to pronounce callant (audio) ˈkä- How to pronounce callant (audio)
chiefly Scotland
: boy, lad

Examples of callant in a Sentence

ever since he was a callant, he's been fishing off the eastern coast of Scotland

Word History


Dutch or Middle French dialect; Dutch kalant customer, fellow, from Middle French dialect (Picard) calland customer, from Latin calent-, calens, present participle of calēre to be warm — more at lee

First Known Use

circa 1592, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of callant was circa 1592

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Cite this Entry

“Callant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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