Meaning of CANT in English


1. n. & v.


1. insincere pious or moral talk.

2 ephemeral or fashionable catchwords.

3 language peculiar to a class, profession, sect, etc.; jargon.

--v.intr. use cant.

Phrases and idioms:

canting arms Heraldry arms containing an allusion to the name of the bearer.

Etymology: earlier of musical sound, of intonation, and of beggars' whining; perh. from the singing of religious mendicants: prob. f. L canere sing 2. n. & v.


1. a a slanting surface, e.g. of a bank. b a bevel of a crystal etc.

2 an oblique push or movement that upsets or partly upsets something.

3 a tilted or sloping position.


1. tr. push or pitch out of level; tilt.

2 intr. take or lie in a slanting position.

3 tr. impart a bevel to.

4 intr. Naut. swing round.

Phrases and idioms:

cant-dog (or -hook) an iron hook at the end of a long handle, used for rolling logs.

Etymology: ME f. MLG kant, kante, MDu. cant, point, side, edge, ult. f. L cant(h)us iron tire

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.