Definitions for CANTkænt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. insincere or hypocritical statements, esp. pious platitudes.

  2. the private language of the underworld.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  3. the words and phrases peculiar to a particular class, profession, etc.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  4. whining or singsong speech.

  5. (v.i.)to talk piously or hypocritically.

  6. to beg in a whining or singsong tone.

Origin of cant:

1495–1505; < L 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.

  5. Category: Civil Engineering, Railroads

    Ref: bank1 (def. 5). 1 6

  6. a sudden pitch or toss.

  7. Ref: Also called flitch. 3 5

  8. (adj.)oblique or slanting.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  9. (v.t.)to bevel; form an oblique surface upon.

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

  11. to throw with a sudden jerk.

  12. (v.i.)to take or have an inclined position; tilt; turn.

Origin of cant:

1325–75; ME: side, border < AF cant, OF chant


can't*kænt, kɑnt

  1. contraction of


    Category: Function Word, Usage Note

* Usage: See can1,cannot.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. buzzword, cant(noun)

    stock phrases that have become nonsense through endless repetition

  2. bank, cant, camber(noun)

    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. slang, cant, jargon, lingo, argot, patois, vernacular(noun)

    a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)

    "they don't speak our lingo"

  4. cant, pious platitude(noun)

    insincere talk about religion or morals

  5. bevel, cant, chamfer(verb)

    two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees

  6. cant, cant over, tilt, slant, pitch(verb)

    heel over

    "The tower is tilting"; "The ceiling is slanting"


  1. cant(Contraction)

    cannot; is unable to; does not have the ability to

    I can't quite get it to work.

  2. cant(Contraction)

    is forbidden to; is not permitted to

    You can't enter the hall without a ticket.

  3. cant(Noun)

    corner, niche

  4. cant(Noun)

    slope, the angle at which something is set.

  5. cant

    A movement or throw that overturns something.

  6. cant(Verb)

    To set (something) at an angle.

  7. cant(Verb)

    To bevel an edge or corner.

  8. cant

    To overturn so that the contents are emptied.

  9. cant(Verb)

    To divide or parcel out.

  10. cant(Adjective)

    lively, lusty.

  11. Origin: From canto probably via canter, cognate with chant.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cant(noun)

    a corner; angle; niche

  2. Cant(noun)

    an outer or external angle

  3. Cant(noun)

    an inclination from a horizontal or vertical line; a slope or bevel; a titl

  4. Cant(noun)

    a sudden thrust, push, kick, or other impulse, producing a bias or change of direction; also, the bias or turn so give; as, to give a ball a cant

  5. Cant(noun)

    a segment forming a side piece in the head of a cask

  6. Cant(noun)

    a segment of he rim of a wooden cogwheel

  7. Cant(noun)

    a piece of wood laid upon the deck of a vessel to support the bulkheads

  8. Cant(verb)

    to incline; to set at an angle; to tilt over; to tip upon the edge; as, to cant a cask; to cant a ship

  9. Cant(verb)

    to give a sudden turn or new direction to; as, to cant round a stick of timber; to cant a football

  10. Cant(verb)

    to cut off an angle from, as from a square piece of timber, or from the head of a bolt

  11. Cant(noun)

    an affected, singsong mode of speaking

  12. Cant(noun)

    the idioms and peculiarities of speech in any sect, class, or occupation

  13. Cant(noun)

    the use of religious phraseology without understanding or sincerity; empty, solemn speech, implying what is not felt; hypocrisy

  14. Cant(noun)

    vulgar jargon; slang; the secret language spoker by gipsies, thieves, tramps, or beggars

  15. Cant(adj)

    of the nature of cant; affected; vulgar

  16. Cant(verb)

    to speak in a whining voice, or an affected, singsong tone

  17. Cant(verb)

    to make whining pretensions to goodness; to talk with an affectation of religion, philanthropy, etc.; to practice hypocrisy; as, a canting fanatic

  18. Cant(verb)

    to use pretentious language, barbarous jargon, or technical terms; to talk with an affectation of learning

  19. Cant(noun)

    a call for bidders at a public sale; an auction

  20. Cant(verb)

    to sell by auction, or bid a price at a sale by auction


  1. Cant

    A cant is the jargon or argot of a group, often implying its use to exclude or mislead people outside the group.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Cant

    affectation of thinking, believing, and feeling what one in his heart and reality does not, of which there are two degrees, insincere and sincere; insincere when one cants knowing it, and sincere when one cants without knowing it, the latter being of the darker and deeper dye.

Anagrams of CANT

  1. NCTA

Translations for CANT

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


insincere talk

politicians' cant.

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