shanty

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

variant spelling of

: a song sung by sailors in rhythm with their work

shanty

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

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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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The first known use of shanty was in 1820

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“Shanty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shanty. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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shanty

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

Kids Definition of shanty

: a small roughly built shelter or dwelling

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