See also: arent
- (UK) IPA(key): /ɑːnt/
- (US) IPA(key): /ɑːɹnt/
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- Homophone: aunt (some non-rhotic dialects)
- are not (negative auxiliary)
- (colloquial) Spelling replacement of the homonym an’t, a contraction of “am not”, used e.g. in the construction aren’t I?
1800, Fenn, George Manville, To Win Or To Die: A Tale of the Klondike Gold Craze:
- I’m a nasty-tempered dog if any one tries to take my bone away; aren’t I, my sons?
2008 July 1, Daren Kagasoff as Ricky Underwood, “Falling in Love”, in The Secret Life of the American Teenager, season 1, episode 1:
- Aren’t I supposed to tell you how I feel?
2010 October 26, Athletics (music), “Why Aren’t I Home?”, in Why Aren’t I Home?:
- Aren’t as a contraction of “am not” is used most often in the question aren’t I? (= am I not?). In the non-interrogative form, the standard contraction of “I am not” is “I’m not”.