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carny

or car·ney

[ kahr-nee ]
/ ˈkɑr ni /
Informal.
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Definition of carny

noun, plural car·nies.
a person employed by a carnival.
adjective
of or relating to carnivals: carny slang.
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Origin of carny

First recorded in 1930–35; carn(ival) + -y2
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British Dictionary definitions for carny (1 of 2)

carny1

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

British Dictionary definitions for carny (2 of 2)

carny2

carney or carnie

/ (ˈkɑːnɪ) /

noun plural -nies US and Canadian slang
short for carnival
a person who works in a carnival
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