from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A roughly built, often ramshackle cabin; a shack.
- n. Variant of chantey.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A roughly-built hut or cabin.
- n. A rudimentary or improvised dwelling, especially one not legally owned.
- n. An unlicenced pub.
- adj. Living in shanties; poor, ill-mannered and violent.
- v. To inhabit a shanty.
- n. A sailor′s work song.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Jaunty; showy.
- n. A small, mean dwelling; a rough, slight building for temporary use; a hut.
- intransitive v. To inhabit a shanty.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Jaunty; gay; showy.
- n. A hut or mean dwelling; a temporary building of rough and flimsy character, Compare boist.
- n. A public house, or place where liquor is sold.
- To live in a shanty, as lumbermen do: common in Manitoba and the lumber regions of North America.
- n. A song with a boisterous chorus, sung by sailors while heaving at the capstan or windlass or hoisting up heavy weights, to enable them to pull or heave together in time with the song.
- To visit the grog-shanty habitually; drink frequently or habitually at a public-house.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a rhythmical work song originally sung by sailors
- n. small crude shelter used as a dwelling
Probably from Canadian French chantier, hut in a lumber camp, from French, timberyard, from Old French, gantry, from Latin canthērius, rafter, nag, from Greek kanthēlios, pack ass.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French chantier. (Wiktionary)
From French chantez, imperative of chanter ("to sing"). (Wiktionary)