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ain't Line breaks: ain't

Definition of ain't in English:


1Am not; are not; is not: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it
[First representing London dialect]
More example sentences
  • In ‘The Kid,’ the poet unveils the hidden core beneath a comfortable mask, telling about how the subject talks candidly about his father ‘sometimes when we ain't talking about baseball.’
  • We ain’t tryin to be something we’re not.
  • We ain't running from nothing. We ain't worried about nothing.
1.1Has not; have not: they ain’t got nothing to say
[From dialect hain't]
More example sentences
  • Baseball's origins ain't found till they're found.
  • He ain't won a fight in years.
  • Well, he's a man who loves being on the hills and what he ain't climbed ain't worth climbing.


The use of ain’t was widespread in the 18th century, typically as a contraction for am not. It is still perfectly normal in many dialects and informal speech in both Britain and North America. Today, however, it does not form part of standard English and should never be used in formal or written contexts. See also are n’t (usage).

Words that rhyme with ain't

acquaint, attaint, complaint, constraint, distraint, faint, feint, paint, plaint, quaint, restraint, saint, taint
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