Chaunter

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chaunter A deceitful, tricky dealer or horse jockey. "He was a horse chaunter ; he's a leg now."
    • Chaunter A street seller of ballads and other broadsides.
    • Chaunter The flute of a bagpipe. See Chanter n., 3.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chaunter See chanter.
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Usage

In literature:

He WAS a horse chaunter: he's a leg now.
"The Pickwick Papers" by Charles Dickens
Up came Chaunter to them: 'Fat goose?
"The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete" by George Meredith
The chaunter consists of a conical wooden tube terminating in a bell and measuring from 14 to 16 in.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
Of course, it was possible, though not often the practice, for the holder of the living to act as "chaunter" priest as well.
"The Annals of Willenhall" by Frederick William Hackwood
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In poetry:

No other could wake such detestable groans,
With reed and with chaunter - with bag and with drones:
All day and ill night he delighted the chiels
With sniggering pibrochs and jiggety reels.
"Ellen McJones Aberdeen" by William Schwenck Gilbert