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shanty

noun shan·ty \ ˈshan- \

Variant spelling of

: a song sung by sailors in rhythm with their work

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shanty

noun shan·ty \ ˈshan-tē \

Definition of shanty

plural shanties
: a small crudely built dwelling or shelter usually of wood

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


SHANTY Defined for Kids

shanty

noun shan·ty \ ˈshan-tē \

Definition of shanty for Students

plural shanties
: a small roughly built shelter or dwelling


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