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ain't

Syllabification: ain't
Pronunciation: /ānt
 
/
informal

Definition of ain't in English:

contraction

1Am not; are not; is not: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it
[originally 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.

Usage

The use of ain’t was widespread in the 18th century and is still perfectly normal in many dialects and informal contexts in both North America and Britain. Today, however, it does not form part of standard English and should not be used in formal contexts.

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