[kos-ter-muhng-ger, -mong-, kaw-ster-]Chiefly British
- Also called coster. a hawker of fruit, vegetables, fish, etc.
- to sell fruit, vegetables, fish, etc., from a cart, barrow, or stall in the streets; coster.
Origin of costermonger
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Examples from the Web for costermonger
But they keep peddling them like a costermonger selling rotten fruit.How Can Dems Be Losing to These Idiots?
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Why, a costermonger with his donkey might as well talk of his 'steed.'
He is a power in the land, though he does eat like a costermonger.The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition
Some rich men there are who have less taste than a costermonger.The Sorrows of Satan
Perhaps on no subject is the costermonger so silent as on his money affairs.The Slang Dictionary
John Camden Hotten
It is a costermonger's donkey-cart which was racing the van.
- British rare a person who sells fruit, vegetables, etc, from a barrow
C16: coster-, from costard + monger
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Word Origin and History for costermonger
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