1. [late 18C–19C] (also chantey, chantie) a song; thus throw off a rum chant, to sing a good song.
2. [mid-18C–19C] a newspaper advertisement; an account of a robbery.
3. [early 19C] any form of writing.
4. [early 19C] any form of marking, on silver, linen etc; thus chanted, marked.
5. [early–mid-19C] one’s name (and address); thus tip someone a queer chant, to give a false name, esp. to a tradesman one wishes to defraud.
6. [mid-19C] sheet music, a printed ballad with its lyrics.
[mid-19C] (US Und.) a newspaper reporter.