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English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] cantare (sing', probably via Old Northern French canter 'sing, tell', cognate with chant)

Noun

Singular
cant

Plural
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cant ({{{1}}})
  1. (Should we delete(+) this redundant sense?) The jargon of a particular class or subgroup.
    He had the look of a prince, but the cant of a fishmonger.
  2. A private or secret language used by a religious sect, gang, or other group.
  3. Shelta.
  4. Empty, hypocritical talk.
    People claim to care about the poor of Africa, but it is largely cant.
  5. A musical singing sound.
  6. (heraldry) A blazon of a coat of arms that makes a pun upon the name of the bearer.
  7. A slope, an incline.
    "The roof has a cant on the south end."
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Verb

Infinitive
to cant

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to cant (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) To speak with the jargon of a class or subgroup.
  2. (intransitive) To speak in set phrases.
  3. (intransitive) To preach in a singsong fashion, especially in a false or empty manner.
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Of a blazon, to make a pun that references the bearer of a coat of arms.

Etymology 2

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Noun

Singular
cant

Plural
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cant ({{{1}}})
  1. (obsolete) corner, niche
  2. slope, the angle at which something is set.
  3. A movement or throw that overturns something.
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Verb

Infinitive
to cant

Third person singular
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Simple past
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Past participle
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Present participle
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to cant (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To set (something) at an angle.
  2. (transitive) To bevel an edge or corner.
  3. (transitive) To overturn so that the contents are emptied.
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Etymology 3

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Verb

Infinitive
to cant

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to cant (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To divide or parcel out.

Etymology 4

From Middle English, presumably from hypothetical Template:MLG kant

Adjective

kant

cant (not comparable)

Positive
cant

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. (English dialect) lively, lusty.

Catalan

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:ca:Template:lang:la derivations]] cantus.

Noun

cant

  1. Song

Welsh

Noun

cant m. (plural cannoedd)

  1. Hundred.
  2. Century.

cant m. (plural cantau)

  1. Hoop.
  2. Rim.

Mutation

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
cant gant nghant chant

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