Definitions of cant

  1. To speak whiningly, peculiarly, or insincerely.
  2. To talk with affected religiousness; speak in a hypocritical way.
  3. To incline; to set at an angle; to tilt over; to tip upon the edge; as, to cant a cask; to cant a ship.
  4. To give a sudden turn or new direction to; as, to cant round a stick of timber; to cant a football.
  5. To cut off an angle from, as from a square piece of timber, or from the head of a bolt.
  6. to sell by auction, or bid a price at a sale by auction.
  7. To give a tilt or slant to.
  8. To turn on the edge or corner: to tilt or toss suddenly.
  9. To speak in a whining voice, or an affected, singsong tone.
  10. To make whining pretensions to goodness; to talk with an affectation of religion, philanthropy, etc.; to practice hypocrisy; as, a canting fanatic.
  11. To use pretentious language, barbarous jargon, or technical terms; to talk with an affectation of learning.
  12. To speak in a whining voice, or with an assumed or hypocritical tone; make whining pretensions to goodness; to lean.
  13. To talk in an affectedly solemn or hypocritical way.
  14. To speak with a whine, or hypocritically.
  15. heel over; " The tower is tilting"; " The ceiling is slanting"
  16. To tilt over; to incline.
  17. To speak in a whining tone of voice.
  18. To pitch forward; to place upon the edge, as a cask; to jerk; to throw; among carpen., to cut off an angle from a square piece of timber.
  19. 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
  20. stock phrases that have become nonsense through endless repetition
  21. insincere talk about religion or morals
  22. A corner; angle; niche.
  23. An outer or external angle.
  24. An inclination from a horizontal or vertical line; a slope or bevel; a titl.
  25. 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.
  26. A segment forming a side piece in the head of a cask.
  27. A segment of he rim of a wooden cogwheel.
  28. A piece of wood laid upon the deck of a vessel to support the bulkheads.
  29. An affected, singsong mode of speaking.
  30. The idioms and peculiarities of speech in any sect, class, or occupation.
  31. The use of religious phraseology without understanding or sincerity; empty, solemn speech, implying what is not felt; hypocrisy.
  32. Vulgar jargon; slang; the secret language spoker by gipsies, thieves, tramps, or beggars.
  33. A call for bidders at a public sale; an auction.
  34. The words and phrases used by a certain profession, party, sect, etc.; the use of certain phrases and forms of speech without sincerity, especially the insincere use of sacred words; a slope; an inclination.
  35. A hypocritical or affected style of speech: the language peculiar to a sect: odd or peculiar talk of any kind.
  36. ( orig.) An edge or corner: an inclination from the level: a toss or jerk.
  37. An inclination from the level; a toss.
  38. Hypocritical language, or that peculiar to a sect.
  39. An inclination or tipping; a slant.
  40. Formal, ostentatious, religious talk.
  41. Any technical or professional phraseology.
  42. A whining sing- song manner of speaking, especially that which is affected; a mode of speaking peculiar to a certain seat or party; generally, affectation of speech, as when one says or professes what he does not sincerely think, believe, or feel.
  43. An external angle; an inclination from a horizontal line; a thrust; a jerk.
  44. An inclination from a horizontal line; a thrust; a push.
  45. Of the nature of cant; affected; vulgar.
  46. To tilt or incline.
  47. Of the nature of cant.