carny

or car·ney

[ kahr-nee ]
/ ˈkɑr ni /
Informal.

noun, plural car·nies.

a person employed by a carnival.

adjective

of or relating to carnivals: carny slang.

Nearby words

  1. carnot, lazare nicolas marguerite,
  2. carnot, nicolas léonard sadi,
  3. carnot, sadi,
  4. carnotite,
  5. carnous,
  6. carné,
  7. caro,
  8. caro's acid,
  9. carob,
  10. caroche

Origin of carny

First recorded in 1930–35; carn(ival) + -y2

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British Dictionary definitions for carny

carny

1

carney

/ (ˈkɑːnɪ) /

verb -nies, -nying, -nied, -neys, -neying or -neyed

British informal to coax or cajole or act in a wheedling manner

Word Origin for carny

C19: of unknown origin

noun plural -nies US and Canadian slang

short for carnival
a person who works in a carnival
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Word Origin and History for carny

carny

n.

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

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