- of or relating to carnivals: carny slang.
Origin of carny
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Castle of Carny, in the parish of Moonzie, in the shire of Fife.
He was an Armless Wonder, a born freak, the top of the carny ladder, with a good job wherever he cared to look for one.
Some people never really adjusted to carny life—where everybody knows everything.
It was much more like a carny haunted house trade-show floor now.
He felt like doing a carny barker spiel, Step right up, step right up, this way to the great egress!
- 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
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Word Origin and History for carny
1931, U.S. slang, short for carnival worker (see carnival).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper