Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
1. Angular deviation from a vertical or horizontal plane or surface; an inclination or slope.
2. A slanted or oblique surface.
a. A thrust or motion that tilts something.
b. The tilt caused by such a thrust or motion.
4. An outer corner, as of a building.
v. cant·ed, cant·ing, cants
1. To set at an oblique angle; tilt.
2. To give a slanting edge to; bevel.
3. To change the direction of suddenly.
1. To lean to one side; slant.
2. To take an oblique direction or course; swing around, as a ship.
[Middle English, side, from Old North French, from Vulgar Latin *cantus, corner, from Latin canthus, rim of wheel, tire, of Celtic origin.]
1. Tedious or hackneyed language, especially when used sanctimoniously: "a merciless onslaught upon the cant of the age, the cant about progress, equality, [and] universal education" (C. Vann Woodward).
a. The special vocabulary peculiar to the members of an underworld group; argot.
b. The special vocabulary of a profession, discipline, or social group; jargon.
3. Cant See Shelta.
4. Whining or singsong speech, such as that used by beggars.
intr.v. cant·ed, cant·ing, cants
1. To speak tediously or sanctimoniously.
2. To speak in argot or jargon.
3. To speak in a whining or singsong voice.
[Anglo-Norman cant, song, singing, from canter, to sing, from Latin cantāre; see kan- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
1. insincere talk, esp concerning religion or morals; pious platitudes
2. stock phrases that have become meaningless through repetition
3. specialized vocabulary of a particular group, such as thieves, journalists, or lawyers; jargon
4. singsong whining speech, as used by beggars
(intr) to speak in or use cant
[C16: probably via Norman French canter to sing, from Latin cantāre; used disparagingly, from the 12th century, of chanting in religious services]
1. inclination from a vertical or horizontal plane; slope; slant
2. a sudden movement that tilts or turns something
3. the angle or tilt thus caused
4. (Building) a corner or outer angle, esp of a building
5. an oblique or slanting surface, edge, or line
6. to tip, tilt, or overturn, esp with a sudden jerk
7. (Mechanical Engineering) to set in an oblique position
8. (Building) another word for bevel1
9. oblique; slanting
10. having flat surfaces and without curves
[C14 (in the sense: edge, corner): perhaps from Latin canthus iron hoop round a wheel, of obscure origin]
dialect Scot and Northern English lusty; merry; hearty
[C14: related to Low German kant bold, merry]
1. insincere or hypocritical statements, esp. pious platitudes.
2. the private language of the underworld.
3. the words and phrases peculiar to a particular class, profession, etc.
4. whining or singsong speech.v.i.
5. to talk piously or hypocritically.
6. to beg in a whining or singsong tone.
[1495–1505; < Latin base cant- in cantus song, canticus singsong, etc.; see chant]
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 or cube.
6. a sudden pitch or toss.
7. Also called flitch. a partly trimmed log.adj.
8. oblique or slanting.v.t.
9. to bevel; form an oblique surface upon.
10. to put in an oblique position; tilt; tip.
11. to throw with a sudden jerk.v.i.
12. to take or have an inclined position; tilt; turn.
[1325–75; Middle English: side, border < Anglo-French cant, Old French chant]
contraction of cannot.
Past participle: canted
A specialized vocabulary used among a particular group of people.
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||cant - stock phrases that have become nonsense through endless repetition|
|2.||cant - a slope in the turn of a road or track; the outside is higher than the inside in order to reduce the effects of centrifugal force|
|3.||cant - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"|
bite - a portion removed from the whole; "the government's weekly bite from my paycheck"
swiz - British slang for a swindle
shakedown - extortion of money (as by blackmail)
power trip - (slang) a self-aggrandizing action undertaken simply for the pleasure of exercising control over other people
fuck, fucking, nookie, nooky, piece of ass, piece of tail, roll in the hay, screwing, shtup, ass, shag, screw - slang for sexual intercourse
dekko - British slang for a look
square-bashing - drill on a barracks square
shakedown - a very thorough search of a person or a place; "a shakedown by the police uncovered the drugs"
caff - informal British term for a cafe
deck - street name for a packet of illegal drugs
Mickey Finn - slang term for knockout drops
nick - (British slang) a prison; "he's in the nick"
cert - an absolute certainty; "it's a dead cert"
legs - staying power; "that old Broadway play really has legs"
street name - slang for something (especially for an illegal drug); "`smack' is a street name for heroin"
corker - (dated slang) a remarkable or excellent thing or person; "that story was a corker"
baloney, bilgewater, boloney, bosh, drool, humbug, tommyrot, tosh, twaddle, taradiddle, tarradiddle - pretentious or silly talk or writing
codswallop, folderol, trumpery, wish-wash, applesauce, tripe, rubbish, trash - nonsensical talk or writing
skin flick - a pornographic movie
dibs - a claim of rights; "I have dibs on that last slice of pizza"
non-standard speech - speech that differs from the usual accepted, easily recognizable speech of native adult members of a speech community
rhyming slang - slang that replaces words with rhyming words or expressions and then typically omits the rhyming component; "Cockney rhyming slang"
burnup - a high-speed motorcycle race on a public road
nosh-up - a large satisfying meal
hood - (slang) a neighborhood
'hood - (slang) a neighborhood
paleface - (slang) a derogatory term for a white person (supposedly used by North American Indians)
slant-eye, gook - (slang) a disparaging term for an Asian person (especially for North Vietnamese soldiers in the Vietnam War)
|4.||cant - insincere talk about religion or morals|
|5.||cant - two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees|
edge - a sharp side formed by the intersection of two surfaces of an object; "he rounded the edges of the box"
splay - an outward bevel around a door or window that makes it seem larger
|Verb||1.||cant - heel over; "The tower is tilting"; "The ceiling is slanting"|
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
cock - tilt or slant to one side; "cock one's head"
1. hypocrisy, pretence, lip service, humbug, insincerity, pretentiousness, sanctimoniousness, pious platitudes, affected piety, sham holiness Politicians are holding forth with their usual hypocritical cant.
1. A variety of a language that differs from the standard form:
رِياء، نِفاقكَلامُ اللُصوص
1. insincere talk. politicians' cant. liegstories, huigeltaal, gefemel, femelary رِياء، نِفاق лицемерни приказки conversa fiada frázovitá řeč, tlach das Geschwafel tom snak; floskel ανειλικρινή λόγια hipocresía sõnamulin کلام غیر صادقانه hurskastelu langage hypocrite דִּברֵי צְבִיעוּת कपट की बात licemjerne riječi, laskanje zsargon bualan hræsni linguaggio ipocrita うわべだけの言葉 위선적인 말 veidmainiška kalba liekulība helah schijnheilige praat floskler, tomme fraser frazesy د غیر صادقانه خبری conversa fiada discuţie nesinceră/prefăcută лицемерие frázy hinavščina prazna priča tomma fraser, floskler การพูดอย่างไม่จริงใจ yapmacık konuşma 偽善言詞 лицемірство منافقانہ ، ریاکارانہ گفتگو lời giả dối 伪善的谈话
2. the special slang of a particular group of people. thieves' cant. jargon كَلامُ اللُصوص жаргон gíria hantýrka der Jargon jargon αργκόjerga erikeel گویش صنفی jnk ryhmän erityisslangi jargonלהג किसी खास वर्ग, व्यवसाय इत्यादिक की निजी उपभाषा žargon tolvajnyelv slang slangur gergo 隠語 은어 žargonas, argo žargons slanga jargonsjargonggwara, żargon عاميانه محاوره، ديوې خاصې ډلې محاوره، غير ادبي ژبه، ځانګړې اصطلاح (لكه دغلو په منځ كې gíria jargon жаргон žargón žargon žargon jargong, förbrytarspråk คำแสลงสำหรับเรียกกลุ่มคน argo 行話 жаргон چوروں کا گروہ ، چوروں کی بولی tiếng lóng 黑谈，行话