Definition of cant:
- A call for bidders at a public sale; an auction.
- A corner; angle; niche.
- A piece of wood laid upon the deck of a vessel to support the bulkheads.
- A segment forming a side piece in the head of a cask.
- A segment of he rim of a wooden cogwheel.
- A sudden thrust, push, kick, or other impulse, producing a bias or change of direction; also, the bias or turn so give; as, to give a ball a cant.
- An affected, singsong mode of speaking.
- An inclination from a horizontal or vertical line; a slope or bevel; a titl.
- An outer or external angle.
- Of the nature of cant; affected; vulgar.
- The idioms and peculiarities of speech in any sect, class, or occupation.
- The use of religious phraseology without understanding or sincerity; empty, solemn speech, implying what is not felt; hypocrisy.
- To cut off an angle from, as from a square piece of timber, or from the head of a bolt.
- To give a sudden turn or new direction to; as, to cant round a stick of timber; to cant a football.
- To incline; to set at an angle; to tilt over; to tip upon the edge; as, to cant a cask; to cant a ship.
- To make whining pretensions to goodness; to talk with an affectation of religion, philanthropy, etc.; to practice hypocrisy; as, a canting fanatic.
- to sell by auction, or bid a price at a sale by auction.
- To speak in a whining voice, or an affected, singsong tone.
- To use pretentious language, barbarous jargon, or technical terms; to talk with an affectation of learning.
- Vulgar jargon; slang; the secret language spoker by gipsies, thieves, tramps, or beggars.
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Sir, if you're the Christian gentleman that I take you for, and this here Christianity o' yours ain't all cant an' humbug, you'll tell me that man's name; for I can't call to mind a single one she so much as looked at- unless it was that young Mellis."- "Peccavi", E. W. Hornung.
His religion was simple and practical; he had never had any morbid ideas; he had lived a healthy, natural, and honorable life, until he went for a mikonaree, and, if he had no cant, he had not a clear idea of how many- sided, how responsible, his life must be- until that one particular day.- "Northern Lights", Gilbert Parker.
- "The Princess Virginia", C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson.