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cant

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adjective \ˈkant\

Definition of cant

dialectal, England

  1. :  lively, lusty

Origin and Etymology of cant

Middle English, probably from Middle Low German *kant


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cant

verb

Definition of cant

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

  3. 2 :  to set at an angle :  tilt cant a cask

  4. 3 chiefly British :  to throw with a lurch

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to pitch to one side :  lean The deck of the ship was canting.

  7. 2 :  slope The roof canted gently.

Origin and Etymology of cant

3cant


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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. 4a :  an oblique or slanting surface the cant of a riverbankb :  inclination, slope the cant of a gun barrel

Origin and Etymology of cant

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


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cant

adjective

Definition of cant

  1. 1 :  having canted corners or sides a cant molding

  2. 2 :  inclined 2 a cant buttress

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 bade me cant and whine in another place — Samuel Johnson

  3. 2 :  to speak in cant or jargon The thieves were canting among themselves.

  4. 3 :  to talk hypocritically canted about brotherly love

Origin and Etymology of cant

perhaps from Medieval French dialect (Norman-Picard) canter to tell, literally, to sing, from Latin cantare — more at chant


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cant

noun

Definition of cant

  1. 1 :  affected singsong or whining speech a beggar's cant

  2. 2a :  the private language of the underworld the cant of thievesb obsolete :  the phraseology peculiar to a religious class or sectc :  jargon 1

  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 the cant of hypocrites

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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