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costermonger

[kos-ter-muhng-ger, -mong-, kaw-ster-]Chiefly British
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noun
  1. Also called coster. a hawker of fruit, vegetables, fish, etc.
verb (used without object)
  1. to sell fruit, vegetables, fish, etc., from a cart, barrow, or stall in the streets; coster.

Origin of costermonger

1505–15; earlier costerdmonger. See costard, monger
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costermonger

coster

noun
  1. British rare a person who sells fruit, vegetables, etc, from a barrow

Word Origin

C16: coster-, from costard + monger
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for costermonger

n.

1510s, "itinerant apple-seller" from coster (see costard) + monger. Sense extended from "apple-seller" to any salesman who plied his wares from a street-cart. Contemptuous use is from Shakespeare ("2 Henry IV"), but reason is unclear.

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