ain’t


  1. Nonstandard except in some dialects. am not; are not; is not.
  2. Nonstandard. have not; has not; do not; does not; did not.

contraction of

  1. am not, is not, are not, have not, or has notI ain’t seen it

1706, originally a contraction of am not, and in proper use with that sense until it began to be used as a generic contraction for are not, is not, etc., in early 19c. Cockney dialect of London; popularized by representations of this in Dickens, etc., which led to the word being banished from correct English.

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