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also chan·ty (shăn′tē, chăn′-) or shan·tey or shan·ty (shăn′tē)
n. pl. chan·teys also chan·ties or shan·teys or shan·ties
A song sung by sailors to the rhythm of their movements while working.

[Probably from French chantez, imperative pl. of chanter, to sing, from Old French; see chant.]


(ˈʃæntɪ; ˈtʃæn-)
n, pl -teys
(Music, other) the usual US spelling of shanty2


or chant•y

(ˈʃæn ti, ˈtʃæn-)

n., pl. chant•eys or chant•ies.
a sailors' song, esp. one sung in rhythm to work.
[1855–60; alter. of French chanter to sing; see chant]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chantey - a rhythmical work song originally sung by sailors
work song - a usually rhythmical song to accompany repetitious work


[ˈʃæntɪ] N (US) → saloma f
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25) Laura Alexandrine Smith, The Music of the Waters: A Collection of the Sailors' Chanties, or Working Songs of the Sea, of All Maritime Nations, Boatmen's, Fishermen's, and Rowing Songs, and Water-Legends (London: Kegan, Paul, Trench, 1888), pp.
If the origins ofGuy'sCliffeweremostly religious, the Reformation and abolition of chanties shifted it into the secular domain.