noun (1)
shan·​ty | \ ˈshan- How to pronounce shanty (audio) \

variant spelling of

: a song sung by sailors in rhythm with their work


noun (2)
shan·​ty | \ ˈshan-tē How to pronounce shanty (audio) \
plural shanties

Definition of shanty (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small crudely built dwelling or shelter usually of wood

Synonyms for shanty

Synonyms: Noun (2)

cabin, camp, hooch (or hootch) [slang], hovel, hut, hutch, hutment, shack

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First Known Use of shanty

Noun (2)

1820, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shanty

Noun (2)

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

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shan·​ty | \ ˈshan-tē\
plural shanties

Kids Definition of shanty

: a small roughly built shelter or dwelling

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