shan't

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Etymology[edit]

Abbreviation of shalln't

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shan't

  1. (UK) shall not
    I shan't dignify that with an answer, what a stupid question!
    Shall we go to the films this afternoon? No we shan't.

Usage notes[edit]

Dated and very rarely used in North America, where it may not be understood. Like shall, it may also be considered formal or pompous, or used in a parody of British English speakers.

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