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 Dictionary entry overview: What does shanty mean? 

SHANTY (noun)
  The noun SHANTY has 2 senses:

1. small crude shelter used as a dwelling
2. a rhythmical work song originally sung by sailors

  Familiarity information: SHANTY used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

SHANTY (noun)

Sense 1shanty [BACK TO TOP]


Small crude shelter used as a dwelling

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects


hovel; shack; shanty; hut; hutch

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

shelter (a structure that provides privacy and protection from danger)

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

igloo; iglu (an Eskimo hut; usually built of blocks (of sod or snow) in the shape of a dome)

mudhif (a reed hut in the marshlands of Iraq; rare since the marshes were drained)

Sense 2shanty [BACK TO TOP]


A rhythmical work song originally sung by sailors

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


chantey; chanty; sea chantey; shanty

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

work song (a usually rhythmical song to accompany repetitious work)

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