Meaning of CANT in English


cant 1

— cantingly , adv.

/kant/ , n.

1. insincere, esp. conventional expressions of enthusiasm for high ideals, goodness, or piety.

2. the private language of the underworld.

3. the phraseology peculiar to a particular class, party, profession, etc.: the cant of the fashion industry.

4. whining or singsong speech, esp. of beggars.


5. to talk hypocritically.

6. to speak in the whining or singsong tone of a beggar; beg.

[ 1495-1505; cant- in cantus song, canticus singsong, etc., whence OE cantere singer, cantic song; see CHANT ]

Syn. 1. hypocrisy, sham, pretense, humbug.

cant 2

— cantic , adj.

/kant/ , n.

1. a salient angle.

2. a sudden movement that tilts or overturns a thing.

3. a slanting or tilted position.

4. an oblique line or surface, as one formed by cutting off the corner of a square of cube.

5. an oblique or slanting face of anything.

6. Civ. Engin. bank 1 (def. 6).

7. a sudden pitch or toss.

8. Also called flitch . a partly trimmed log.


9. oblique or slanting.


10. to bevel; form an oblique surface upon.

11. to put in an oblique position; tilt; tip.

12. to throw with a sudden jerk.


13. to take or have an inclined position; tilt; turn.

[ 1325-75; ME: side, border cant, OF chant cantu ( m ) with the related senses "rim, border" and "angle corner," prob. cant ( h ) us iron tire ( cant periphery, rim, felloe; prob. not akin to Gk kanthós corner of the eye; cf. CANTEEN, CANTLE, CANTON ]

cant 3

/kahnt/ , adj. Scot. and North Eng.

hearty; merry.

[ 1250-1300; ME kant merry, bold ]

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