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CANT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does cant mean? 

CANT (noun)
  The noun CANT has 5 senses:

1. stock phrases that have become nonsense through endless repetition
2. a slope in the turn of a road or track; the outside is higher than the inside in order to reduce the effects of centrifugal force
3. a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)
4. insincere talk about religion or morals
5. two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees

  Familiarity information: CANT used as a noun is common.


CANT (verb)
  The verb CANT has 1 sense:

1. heel over

  Familiarity information: CANT used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CANT (noun)


Sense 1cant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Stock phrases that have become nonsense through endless repetition

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

buzzword; cant

Hypernyms ("cant" is a kind of...):

bunk; hokum; meaninglessness; nonsense; nonsensicality (a message that seems to convey no meaning)


Sense 2cant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A slope in the turn of a road or track; the outside is higher than the inside in order to reduce the effects of centrifugal force

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

cant; camber; bank

Hypernyms ("cant" is a kind of...):

incline; side; slope (an elevated geological formation)


Sense 3cant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

vernacular; patois; lingo; jargon; argot; slang; cant

Context example:

they don't speak our lingo

Hypernyms ("cant" is a kind of...):

non-standard speech (speech that differs from the usual accepted, easily recognizable speech of native adult members of a speech community)

Domain member usage:

heebie-jeebies; jitters; screaming meemies (extreme nervousness)

bitch (an unpleasant difficulty)

bumf; bumph (toilet paper (often used for printed matter that might as well be used as toilet paper))

give (occur)

buy it; pip out (be killed or die)

the shits; the trots (obscene terms for diarrhea)

juice (energetic vitality)

skinful (a quantity of alcoholic drink sufficient to make you drunk)

key (a kilogram of a narcotic drug)

big bucks; big money; bundle; megabucks; pile (a large sum of money (especially as pay or profit))

juice (electric current)

wog ((offensive British slang) term used by the British to refer to people of color from Africa or Asia)

tripper ((slang) someone who has taken a psychedelic drug and is undergoing hallucinations)

squeeze ((slang) a person's girlfriend or boyfriend)

feel (pass one's hands over the sexual organs of)

hoof (dance in a professional capacity)

chuck; ditch (throw away)

drop-dead (extremely)

clean; plum; plumb (completely; used as intensifiers)

slam-bang (violent and sudden and noisy)

pint-size; pint-sized; runty; sawed-off; sawn-off (well below average height)

bolshy; stroppy (obstreperous)

mean (excellent)

built; stacked; well-stacked (well or attractively formed with respect to physique)

some (remarkable)

grotty (very unpleasant or offensive)

uncool ((spoken slang) unfashionable and boring)

freaky (strange and somewhat frightening)

can-do (marked by a willingness to tackle a job and get it done)

besotted; blind drunk; blotto; cockeyed; crocked; fuddled; loaded; pie-eyed; pissed; pixilated; plastered; potty; slopped; sloshed; smashed; soaked; soused; sozzled; squiffy; stiff; tiddley; tiddly; tight; tipsy; wet (very drunk)

square; straight (rigidly conventional or old-fashioned)

bunk off; play hooky (play truant from work or school)

schlockmeister; shlockmeister ((slang) a merchant who deals in shoddy or inferior merchandise)

out-and-outer (someone who is excellent at something)

old man ((slang) boss)

bay window; corporation; pot; potbelly; tummy (slang for a paunch)

soup-strainer; toothbrush (slang for a mustache)

legs (staying power)

cert (an absolute certainty)

dreck; schlock; shlock (merchandise that is shoddy or inferior)

nick ((British slang) a prison)

Mickey Finn (slang term for knockout drops)

gat; rod (a gangster's pistol)

deck (street name for a packet of illegal drugs)

caff (informal British term for a cafe)

shakedown (a very thorough search of a person or a place)

square-bashing (drill on a barracks square)

shakedown (extortion of money (as by blackmail))

heist; rip-off (the act of stealing)

bite (a portion removed from the whole)

niff; pong (an unpleasant smell)

corker ((dated slang) a remarkable or excellent thing or person)

guvnor ((British slang) boss)

good egg ((old-fashioned slang) a good person)

boffin ((British slang) a scientist or technician engaged in military research)

bad egg ((old-fashioned slang) a bad person)

baby; sister ((slang) sometimes used as a term of address for attractive young women)

airhead (a flighty scatterbrained simpleton)

Jap; Nip ((offensive slang) a person of Japanese descent)

'hood ((slang) a neighborhood)

nosh-up (a large satisfying meal)

burnup (a high-speed motorcycle race on a public road)

bun-fight; bunfight ((Briticism) a grand formal party on an important occasion)

skin flick (a pornographic movie)

applesauce; codswallop; folderol; rubbish; trash; tripe; trumpery; wish-wash (nonsensical talk or writing)

baloney; bilgewater; boloney; bosh; drool; humbug; taradiddle; tarradiddle; tommyrot; tosh; twaddle (pretentious or silly talk or writing)

hooey; poppycock; stuff; stuff and nonsense (senseless talk)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "cant"):

street name (slang for something (especially for an illegal drug))

rhyming slang (slang that replaces words with rhyming words or expressions and then typically omits the rhyming component)


Sense 4cant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Insincere talk about religion or morals

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

pious platitude; cant

Hypernyms ("cant" is a kind of...):

talk; talking (an exchange of ideas via conversation)


Sense 5cant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

bevel; chamfer; cant

Hypernyms ("cant" is a kind of...):

edge (a sharp side formed by the intersection of two surfaces of an object)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "cant"):

splay (an outward bevel around a door or window that makes it seem larger)


CANT (verb)


Sense 1cant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Heel over

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

cant; cant over; tilt; slant; pitch

Context examples:

The tower is tilting / The ceiling is slanting

Hypernyms (to "cant" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "cant"):

cock (tilt or slant to one side)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something


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