What does shanty mean?

Definitions for shanty
ˈʃæn tishan·ty

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word shanty.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hovel, hut, hutch, shack, shantynoun

    small crude shelter used as a dwelling

  2. chantey, chanty, sea chantey, shantynoun

    a rhythmical work song originally sung by sailors


  1. shanty

    A shanty is a small, crudely built dwelling or shelter, usually made from discarded or inexpensive materials. The term is often associated with impoverished areas where housing is inadequate, particularly in developing countries. In a different context, "shanty" can also refer to a sea song or sailor's work song, sung traditionally on large merchant ships to help synchronize tasks and alleviate the boredom of long voyages.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shantyadjective

    jaunty; showy

  2. Shantynoun

    a small, mean dwelling; a rough, slight building for temporary use; a hut

  3. Shantyverb

    to inhabit a shanty

  4. Etymology: [Said to be fr. Ir. sean old + tig. a house.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shanty

    shant′i, n. a mean dwelling or hut, a temporary house: a grog-shop. [Perh. from Ir. sean, old, tig, a house; others derive through Fr. chantier, a timber-yard, from L. cantherius, a rafter.]

  2. Shanty

    shant′i, n. a song with boisterous drawling chorus, sung by sailors while heaving at the capstan, or the like—also Chant′y, Chant′ie.—n. Shant′yman, the leader of such a chorus. [Prob. from Fr. chanter, to sing.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. shanty

    A small hut on or near a beach.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Shanty

    This term for a hut or cabin first obtained currency in Canada, having been derived from the French settlers, who gave the name chantier to a hut erected in a dockyard under construction.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Shanty is ranked #141140 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Shanty surname appeared 118 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Shanty.

    88.1% or 104 total occurrences were White.
    4.2% or 5 total occurrences were Asian.
    4.2% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shanty in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shanty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of shanty in a Sentence

  1. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    If a man knows the law, find out, though he live in a pine shanty, and resort to him. And if a man can pipe or sing, so as to wrap the imprisoned soul in an elysium; or can paint a landscape, and convey into souls and ochres all the enchantments of Spring or Autumn; or can liberate and intoxicate all people who hear him with delicious songs and verses; it is certain that the secret cannot be kept; the first witness tells it to a second, and men go by fives and tens and fifties to his doors.

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    showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth
    A dependable
    B obnoxious
    C greedy
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