• WordNet 3.6
    • n chanty a rhythmical work song originally sung by sailors
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chanty A chamber-pot.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Chanty a sailor's song, usually with a drawling refrain, sung in concert while raising the anchor, &c
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. chanter—L. cantāre, canĕre, to sing.


In literature:

By this time the singing stage was reached, and I joined Scotty and the harpooner in snatches of sea songs and chanties.
"John Barleycorn" by Jack London
They went about it in their usual way, all taking hold, and "heaving" together with a "chanty," or song, to enliven their work.
"Tom Swift and his Wizard Camera" by Victor Appleton
It is called A Chanty of Departed Spirits.
"In the Sweet Dry and Dry" by Christopher Morley
Officers and men are singing chanties over their arduous work.
"The Worst Journey in the World, Volumes 1 and 2" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
The chanty-man was a distinguished person whom it was impolitic to ignore.
"Windjammers and Sea Tramps" by Walter Runciman
It sometimes is a help to the digger to sing a chanty, just to give him the beat.
"Love Conquers All" by Robert C. Benchley
Hurd knew the fierce old chanty and sized Captain Jarvey up at once.
"The Opal Serpent" by Fergus Hume
Every one tails on, puts his back into it, and joins the chorus of the hard-breathed chanty.
"All Afloat" by William Wood
The tragedy began with Chanty, who was the boldest little cockadoodle who ever tried to crow.
"Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag" by Louisa M. Alcott
In one of his essays he is lamenting the songlessness of modern life and suggests one or two chanties.
"G. K. Chesterton, A Critical Study" by Julius West

In poetry:

And on the roof-ridge Brady
Sang salt-junk chanties great
To cheer the stout sea-lawyers
Who sail the Ship of State.
"A Vision Splendid" by Victor James Daley

In news:

The pair and a few others participate in the Chanty Town Sleep Out as part of the National Homelessness and Hunger Week.