- of or relating to carnivals: carny slang.
Origin of carny
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Examples from the Web for carney
Well, Senator,” Carney returned fire, “I think we have to agree to disagree on this.
And McCain had every reason to be happy that he had put Carney (and, by extension, he doubtless hoped, Obama) on the defensive.
“Again, Mr. Carney, you are again saying facts that are patently false,” McCain replied.
Carney had always spun well for the president, yet nothing could put a dignified spin on their mishandled manhug.How to Quit Your High-Profile Job Like a Champion
June 1, 2014
Carney declined to specify how the decision to indict Chinese officials publicly was coordinated with the White House.#ShotsFired in U.S.-China Cyberwar
Jacob Siegel, Josh Rogin
May 20, 2014
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
The whisky that was in Carney's glass shot fair into the speaker's open mouth.
Carney's nerves were of steel, his brain worked with exquisite precision.
- British informal to coax or cajole or act in a wheedling manner
C19: of unknown origin
carney or carnie
- short for carnival
- a person who works in a carnival
Word Origin and History for carney
1931, U.S. slang, short for carnival worker (see carnival).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper