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carney

[kahr-nee]
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noun, plural car·neys, adjective
  1. carny.
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carny

or car·ney

[kahr-nee]Informal.
noun, plural car·nies.
  1. a person employed by a carnival.
  2. carnival(def 1).
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adjective
  1. of or relating to carnivals: carny slang.
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Origin of carny

First recorded in 1930–35; carn(ival) + -y2
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Examples from the Web for carney

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Historical Examples

  • Why, Judge Carney's boys had been lost all night and breakfasted on blueberries.

    The Innocent Adventuress

    Mary Hastings Bradley

  • His name was Hessler and his rescuer was a trainman named Carney.

    The Johnstown Horror

    James Herbert Walker

  • So I got you to change it to "Carney" in hopes to throw him off the track.

    A New Sensation

    Albert Ross

  • Was Carney about to set him afoot just as he had set afoot Sergeant Heath?

    Bulldog Carney

    W. A. Fraser

  • The Wolf had been watching for Carney's eyes to leave him for five seconds.

    Bulldog Carney

    W. A. Fraser


British Dictionary definitions for carney

carny1

carney

verb -nies, -nying, -nied, -neys, -neying or -neyed
  1. British informal to coax or cajole or act in a wheedling manner
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Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin

carny2

carney or carnie

noun plural -nies US and Canadian slang
  1. short for carnival
  2. a person who works in a carnival
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Word Origin and History for carney

carny

n.

1931, U.S. slang, short for carnival worker (see carnival).

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