Meaning of “shan't” in the English Dictionary

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"shan't" in British English

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shan't

uk /ʃɑːnt/ us /ʃænt/

old-fashioned in US short form of shall not:

I shan't be able to come to your party.
"Pick those books up immediately." "Shan't (= I refuse to)!"

More examples

  • I shan't be long.
  • I shan't tell her.
  • I shan't miss her at all.
  • I was invited but I shan't be going.
  • I shan't stay long.

(Definition of “shan't” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)