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[bal-uh d-muhng-ger, -mong-]
  1. a seller of ballads.
  2. an inferior poet.
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Origin of balladmonger

First recorded in 1590–1600; ballad + monger
Related formsbal·lad·mon·ger·ing, noun
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Examples from the Web for balladmonger

Historical Examples

  • Jean Francois was a vagabond by nature, a balladmonger by profession.

    Orpheus in Mayfair and Other Stories and Sketches

    Maurice Baring

  • If a balladmonger of the day may be believed, he squandered 100l.

British Dictionary definitions for balladmonger


  1. (formerly) a seller of ballads, esp on broadsheets
  2. derogatory a writer of mediocre poetry
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