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Meaning & Definition of Cant in English

English

Cant

/kænt/

noun

1. Stock phrases that have become nonsense through endless repetition

    synonym:
  • buzzword
  • ,
  • cant

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
    synonym:
  • bank
  • ,
  • cant
  • ,
  • camber

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

  • "They don't speak our lingo"
    synonym:
  • slang
  • ,
  • cant
  • ,
  • jargon
  • ,
  • lingo
  • ,
  • argot
  • ,
  • patois
  • ,
  • vernacular

4. Insincere talk about religion or morals

    synonym:
  • cant
  • ,
  • pious platitude

5. Two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees

    synonym:
  • bevel
  • ,
  • cant
  • ,
  • chamfer

verb

1. Heel over

  • "The tower is tilting"
  • "The ceiling is slanting"
    synonym:
  • cant
  • ,
  • cant over
  • ,
  • tilt
  • ,
  • slant
  • ,
  • pitch