costermonger

[ kos-ter-muhng-ger, -mong-, kaw-ster- ]
/ ˈkɒs tərˌmʌŋ gər, -ˌmɒŋ-, ˈkɔ stər- /
Chiefly British

noun

Also called coster. a hawker of fruit, vegetables, fish, etc.

verb (used without object)

to sell fruit, vegetables, fish, etc., from a cart, barrow, or stall in the streets; coster.

Origin of costermonger

1505–15; earlier costerdmonger. See costard, monger
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costermonger

coster

/ (ˈkɒstəˌmʌŋɡə) /

noun

British rare a person who sells fruit, vegetables, etc, from a barrow

Word Origin for costermonger

C16: coster-, from costard + monger
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Word Origin and History for costermonger

costermonger


n.

1510s, "itinerant apple-seller" from coster (see costard) + monger. Sense extended from "apple-seller" to any salesman who plied his wares from a street-cart. Contemptuous use is from Shakespeare ("2 Henry IV"), but reason is unclear.

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