Ballad vs Chaunter - What's the difference?

ballad | chaunter |


As nouns the difference between ballad and chaunter

is that ballad is a kind of narrative poem, adapted for recitation or singing; especially, a sentimental or romantic poem in short stanzas while chaunter is (uk|slang|obsolete) a street seller of ballads and other broadsides.

As a verb ballad

is (obsolete) to make mention of in ballads.

ballad

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A kind of narrative poem, adapted for recitation or singing; especially, a sentimental or romantic poem in short stanzas.
  • The poet composed a ballad praising the heroic exploits of the fallen commander.
  • A slow romantic pop song.
  • On Friday nights, the roller rink had a time-block called "Lovers' Lap" when they played nothing but ballads on the overhead speakers.

    Quotations

    * 1885, *: A wandering minstrel I — *: A thing of shreds and patches, *: Of ballads , songs and snatches,

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To make mention of in ballads.
  • To compose or sing ballads.
  • chaunter

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (UK, slang, obsolete) A street seller of ballads and other broadsides.
  • (colloquial) A deceitful, tricky dealer or horse jockey.
  • * Dickens
  • He was a horse chaunter ; he's a leg now.
  • The chanter or flute of a bagpipe.
  • (Webster 1913) ----