Flute vs Chaunter - What's the difference?

flute | chaunter |

As a verb flute

is .

As an adjective flute

is reedy (of a voice).

As a noun chaunter is

(uk|slang|obsolete) a street seller of ballads and other broadsides.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) flaute, from (etyl) flaut, ultimately from three possibilities: * Blend of Provencal * From Latin * Imitative.


(en noun)
  • (musical instruments) A woodwind instrument consisting of a metal, wood or bamboo tube with a row of circular holes and played by blowing across a hole in the side of one end or through a narrow channel at one end against a sharp edge, while covering none, some or all of the holes with the fingers to vary the note played.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • The breathing flute's soft notes are heard around.
  • A glass with a long, narrow bowl and a long stem, used for drinking wine, especially champagne.
  • a lengthwise groove, such as one of the lengthwise grooves on a can escape
  • (architecture, firearms) A semicylindrical vertical groove, as in a pillar, in plaited cloth, or in a rifle barrel to cut down the weight.
  • A long French bread roll.
  • (Simmonds)
  • An organ stop with a flute-like sound.
  • Derived terms
    * pan flute * skin flute
    See also
    * bansuri


  • To play on a .
  • To make a flutelike sound.
  • To utter with a flutelike sound.
  • *
  • To form flutes or channels in (as in a column, a ruffle, etc.); to cut a semicylindrical vertical groove in (as in a pillar, etc.).
  • Etymology 2

    Compare (etyl) ?, (etyl) fluit.


    (en noun)
  • A kind of flyboat; a storeship.
  • chaunter



    (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) ----