Chaunt

A song.
“to chaunt  the play,” to explain the tricks and manœuvres of thieves.
To chaunt: To sing. To publish an account in the newspapers. The kiddey was chaunted for a toby; his examination concerning a highway robbery was published in the papers.
to sing the contents of any paper in the streets. Cant , as applied to vulgar language, may have been derived from chaunt.