cant: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (kant), [key]
— n.
  1. insincere, esp. conventional expressions of enthusiasm for high ideals, goodness, or piety.
  2. the private language of the underworld.
  3. the phraseology peculiar to a particular class, party, profession, etc.: the cant of the fashion industry.
  4. whining or singsong speech, esp. of beggars.
  1. to talk hypocritically.
  2. to speak in the whining or singsong tone of a beggar; beg.


Pronunciation: (kant), [key]
— n.
  1. a salient angle.
  2. a sudden movement that tilts or overturns a thing.
  3. a slanting or tilted position.
  4. an oblique line or surface, as one formed by cutting off the corner of a square of cube.
  5. an oblique or slanting face of anything.
  6. bank (def. 6).
  7. a sudden pitch or toss.
  8. a partly trimmed log.
  1. oblique or slanting.
  1. to bevel; form an oblique surface upon.
  2. to put in an oblique position; tilt; tip.
  3. to throw with a sudden jerk.
  1. to take or have an inclined position; tilt; turn.


Pronunciation: (känt), [key]
— adj. Scot. and North Eng.
  1. hearty; merry.


Pronunciation: (kant, känt), [key]
  1. contraction of cannot.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. Canterbury.
  2. Cantonese.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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