- a song with alternating solo and chorus, of a kind originally sung by sailors while performing physical labor together.
noun: shanty, plural noun: shanties
- an informal unlicensed bar and hotel, especially one on a goldfield: she kept a grog shanty on a diggings camp
- another term for shanty
- a deprived area on the outskirts of a town consisting of large numbers of shanty dwellings.