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chaunter (plural chaunters)

  1. (Britain, slang, obsolete) A street seller of ballads and other broadsides.
  2. (colloquial) A deceitful, tricky dealer or horse jockey.
    • Dickens
      He was a horse chaunter; he's a leg now.
  3. The chanter or flute of a bagpipe.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for chaunter in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

Old French[edit]



  1. (late Anglo-Norman) Alternative spelling of chanter


This verb conjugates as a first-group verb ending in -er. The forms that would normally end in *-ts, *-tt are modified to z, t. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.