Main definitions of shanty in English

: shanty1shanty2

shanty1

noun

  • A small, crudely built shack.

    • ‘Gordon and his fellow sniper, while under intense small-arms fire from the enemy, fought their way through a dense maze of shanties and shacks to reach the critically injured crew members.’
    • ‘As Noel kept up a commentary on his life in the aborigine reservations, he also showed pictures of how tin shanties and flimsy tents were the ‘homes’ of the aborigines for the better part of the 20th century.’
    • ‘In Casablanca, the other half lives in areas like Sidi Moumen, a sprawling residential zone that is mostly shanties, home to 200,000.’
    • ‘They were replaced by shanties and shacks built of nothing more than clapboard or wattle and daub with dark and threatening alleyways between.’
    • ‘Following an extension of deadline and several warnings, the state, on June 14, razed hundreds of shanties in the beach area.’
    • ‘Cite Soleil, the capital's front door, is a 27 sq mile slum where an estimated one million people live in shanties lacking plumbing, electricity or permanent roofs.’
    • ‘His house is roofless and a small shanty next to it serves as a shelter.’
    • ‘They set up their humble shanties at the confluence of the Lumpur and Klang rivers (In fact, Kuala Lumpur means a ‘muddy confluence’ in Malay).’
    • ‘There are drooping shanties, skinny dogs and an old man bent over his plants.’
    • ‘A variety of shanties and shelters can be attached to these houses as households engage in petty commerce and services.’
    • ‘However, immigrant workers from other African countries often live in shanties that ring these and other cities.’
    • ‘It was all right for you to live in shanties and not to have any voice in what's going on, but now you have.’
    • ‘Now those people live close to his village in shanties.’
    • ‘The poorest peasants and urban dwellers build their own adobe huts or wooden shanties.’
    • ‘Ordinarily lame and mundane places like rotary clubs transform into shanties of shock and mazes of monstrosity.’
    • ‘Moreover, for at least thirty years, Portland had two Chinatowns, one an urban community of brick structures and the other one a vegetable-gardening community of wooden huts and shanties.’
    • ‘Squatters' shanties can be found on the fringes of the cities.’
    • ‘The sight took me back 25 years, to my university town, watching African women walking down from the hills, through the centre where our university residences were, on their way to their shanties on the outskirts.’
    • ‘This group of people living in subterranean shanties are proof that, as one of them says in the film, ‘homeless doesn't mean helpless.’’
    • ‘As growth continued, substantial brick and stone buildings replaced frontier tents and shanties.’
    shack, hut, cabin, lean-to, shed
    hovel
    bothy, shieling, shiel
    tilt
    hok
    favela
    shebang
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Origin

Early 19th century (originally a North American usage): perhaps from Canadian French chantier lumberjack's cabin, logging camp.

Pronunciation

shanty

/ˈʃanti/

Main definitions of shanty in English

: shanty1shanty2

shanty2

(also sea shanty)

noun

  • A song with alternating solo and chorus, of a kind originally sung by sailors while performing physical labour together.

    • ‘I stood at that wheel with confidence; my crew was singing shanties as they always did.’
    • ‘As Ohearn and Devlin started singing an old sea shanty, the others joined in with their voices and began to jostle one another for the wine.’
    • ‘The musical form and melodic characteristics suggest the Anglo-Celtic and African influences of the multinational workforce that sang the shanty.’
    • ‘Sometimes when we were mopping the deck, an activity in which Catherine and Nicholas were exempted from, the two would dance around singing the sea chantey that Patch, the singer of the group, had taught us a few days before.’
    • ‘In addition, sea songs and shanties will be supported by a vast array of maritime-themed events and activities.’
    • ‘Similarly, Darcy's music privileges a quaintly macabre sensibility; there's an echo of Appalachian murder ballads and maudlin clipper-ship shanties.’
    • ‘The best moment of this set is the interlude between Scenes 2 and 3 in Act One, with the sound of moonlight on the water, the gentle heaving of the terrifying sea, and sailors below-decks keeping their courage up singing by sea chanteys.’
    • ‘The sound of pipes joined the beat of the drum, and the men began to sing a hearty Canaanite sea shanty as the ship moved through the surf and out to sea.’
    • ‘Songs and shanties were put to the tunes being played, and hoots and cheers of laughter followed the dancing as the sun began to set and the party began.’
    • ‘Caught off guard, Olive stared open mouthed at the newcomer as he kept singing his sea shanty in a rich baritone voice, oblivious to his audience.’
    • ‘As the album winds its way down, his role comes to the fore, the gentleness setting the lullabies and chanteys in a peaceful sea for ‘Canopy of Heaven’ and ‘A Fire Under the Stars’.’
    • ‘At Copley, he also exhibited a continuous 80 slide projection, coupled with an audiotape, showing a nine-person chorus singing sea chanteys with a pianist accompanying them.’
    • ‘A recent recruit from Liverpool who joined his Stafford Street office was welcomed with a few jaunty choruses from a sea shanty.’
    • ‘She watched the nimble sailors go about their business, singing shanties and being useful and she longed to join them.’
    • ‘Sing me a sea chanty and I'll consider letting you eat me food.’
    • ‘He'd get some old sailor to sing an old sea shanty with a cracked voice.’
    • ‘In Helen Mirra's video The Ballad of Myra Furrow, the artist, dressed in a peacoat and cap, sings a sea chantey as she stands before Lake Michigan in the drizzling rain.’
    • ‘It spins to the music of Christine, music tormentingly cheerful like some mad maiden's shanty for a sailor gone away to sea.’
    • ‘It's a fascinating remnant of a little-known corner of history - a shanty sung by black ocean-going sailors, lamenting their unequal pay.’
    • ‘Sea chanteys (sailors' songs) have been sung throughout the sea-faring Omanis' history.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: probably from French chantez! sing!, imperative plural of chanter.

Pronunciation

shanty

/ˈʃanti/