• adjective no, none, nothing. The word was in use in London working-class and theatrical slang from the early 19th century until the 1960s; this is an example of parlyaree, the Italian-inspired patois of actors, showmen and circus workers. Nanty originates in the Italian niente, meaning nothing. The last recorded instance of its use was in the radio comedy Round the Horne, in which the effeminate characters Julian and Sandy referred to Kenneth Horne’s having ‘nanty riah’ (no hair).