Ain’t vs Aint Definition and Meaning: What Does Ain’t Mean?

Ain’t vs Aint Definition

ain't (nt)

ain't [eɪnt] Nonstandard

1. Contraction of am not, is not, are not, have not, or has not I ain't seen it

2. Used also as a contraction for are not, is not, has not, and have not.

Usage Note: Ain't has a long history of controversy. It first appeared in 1778, evolving from an earlier an't, which arose almost a century earlier as a contraction of are not and am not. In fact, ain't arose at the tail end of an era that saw the introduction of a number of our most common contractions, including don't and won't. But while don't and won't eventually became accepted at all levels of speech and writing, ain't was to receive a barrage of criticism in the 19th century for having no set sequence of words from which it can be contracted and for being a "vulgarism," that is, a term used by the lower classes, although an't at least had been originally used by the upper classes as well. At the same time ain't's uses were multiplying to include has not, have not, and is not, by influence of forms like ha'n't and i'n't. It may be that these extended uses helped fuel the negative reaction. Whatever the case, criticism of ain't by usage commentators and teachers has not subsided, and the use of ain't is often regarded as a sign of ignorance.

But despite all the attempts to ban it, ain't continues to enjoy extensive use in speech. Even educated and upper-class speakers see no substitute in folksy expressions such as Say it ain't so and You ain't seen nothin' yet.

The stigmatization of ain't leaves us with no happy alternative for use in first-person questions. The widely used aren't I? though illogical, was found acceptable for use in speech by a majority of the Usage Panel in an earlier survey, but in writing there is no acceptable substitute for the stilted am I not?


ain't (eɪnt)

1. Nonstandard except in some dialects. am not; are not; is not.

2. Nonstandard. have not; has not; do not; does not; did not.

[1770–80; variant of amn't (contraction of am not) by loss of m and raising with compensatory lengthening of a; compare aren ' t]

usage: As a substitute for am not, is not, and are not in declarative sentences, ain ' t is more common in uneducated speech than in educated, but it occurs with some frequency in the informal speech of the educated, esp. in the southern and south-central states. This is especially true of the interrogative ain't I? used as a substitute for the formal am I not? or for aren't I? (considered by some to be ungrammatical) or for the awkward amn't I? (which is rare in American speech). Some speakers avoid all of the preceding forms by substituting Isn't that so (true, the case)? ain ' t occurs in set phrases: Ain't it the truth! The word is also used for emphasis: That just ain't so! It does not appear in formal writing except for deliberate (often humorous) effect or to represent speech. As a substitute for have not or has not and - occasionally in Southern speech - do not, does not, and did not, it is nonstandard except in similar humorous uses: You ain't seen nothin' yet! See also aren't.


ain't [eynt]

1: Nonstandard except in some dialects. am not; are not; is not.

2: Nonstandard. have not; has not; do not; does not; did not.

Origin: 1770–80; variant of amn't (contraction of am not) by loss of m and raising with compensatory lengthening of a; cf. aren't

Usage note: As a substitute for am not, is not, and are not in declarative sentences, ain't is more common in uneducated speech than in educated, but it occurs with some frequency in the informal speech of the educated, especially in the southern and south-central states. This is especially true of the interrogative use of ain't I? as a substitute for the formal and—to some—stilted am I not?


What does AIN'T mean?

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AIN'T Definition / AIN'T Means

The definition of AIN'T is "Am not/are not/is not"


What does AIN'T mean?

AIN'T is an acronym, abbreviation or slang word that is explained above where the AIN'T definition is given.


What is AIN'T?

AIN'T is "Am not/are not/is not"

The Meaning of AIN'T

AIN'T means "Am not/are not/is not"
So now you know - AIN'T means "Am not/are not/is not" - don't thank us. YW!


Definition of AIN'T

1

: am not : are not : is not

2

: have not : has not

3

: do not : does not : did not —used in some varieties of Black English


Usage Discussion of AIN'T

Although widely disapproved as nonstandard and more common in the habitual speech of the less educated, ain't in senses 1 and 2 is flourishing in American English. It is used in both speech and writing to catch attention and to gain emphasis <the wackiness of movies, once so deliciously amusing, ain't funny anymore — Richard Schickel> <I am telling you—there ain't going to be any blackmail — R. M. Nixon>. It is used especially in journalistic prose as part of a consistently informal style <the creative process ain't easy — Mike Royko>. This informal ain't is commonly distinguished from habitual ain't by its frequent occurrence in fixed constructions and phrases <well—class it ain't — Cleveland Amory> <for money? say it ain't so, Jimmy! — Andy Rooney> <you ain't seen nothing yet> <that ain't hay> <two out of three ain't bad> <if it ain't broke, don't fix it>. In fiction ain't is used for purposes of characterization; in familiar correspondence it tends to be the mark of a warm personal friendship. It is also used for metrical reasons in popular songs <Ain't She Sweet> <It Ain't Necessarily So>. Our evidence shows British use to be much the same as American.


Examples of AIN'T

It's a free country, ain't it?

Those people ain't got a clue.

Her husband left and she ain't never been the same.


Origin of AIN'T

contraction of are not


First Known Use

1749


Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile


Rhymes with AIN'T

faint, feint, paint, plaint, quaint, saint, taint


“aint” or “ain’t”

The most famous non-word in our language!

Where did it come from? If it's a contraction, what are its root words?

Most recognizable contractions come together from real words; so what are the real word sources of "aint"? Moreover, if there are no real-word sources, how can we possibly insert an apostrophe ('t)…like saying "ay not"?

"Aint" seems to have its roots as a substitute for "isn't" or "aren't". But its usage is most common among people with low language skills and minimal education.

With or without an apostrophe (aint vs. ain't) is a mystery. Its usage is ridiculous and extremely low-brow. But here's a brief description from Wiki:

Ain't is a colloquialism and contraction for "am not", "is not", "are not", "has not", and "have not". In some dialects ain't is also used as a contraction of "do not", "does not", and "did not". The usage of ain't is a perennial subject of controversy in English. Widely used by many people, and found in most dictionaries, its use is often considered to be informal, nonstandard, or improper.

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