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carney

[kahr-nee] /ˈkɑr ni/
noun, plural carneys, adjective
1.

carny

or carney

[kahr-nee] /ˈkɑr ni/ Informal.
noun, plural carnies.
1.
a person employed by a carnival.
2.
carnival (def 1).
adjective
3.
of or relating to carnivals:
carny slang.
Origin of carny
1930-1935
1930-35; carn(ival) + -y2
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  • carney was thinking fast, and a glint of light shot athwart his placid gray eyes.

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
  • Why, Judge carney's boys had been lost all night and breakfasted on blueberries.

    The Innocent Adventuress Mary Hastings Bradley
  • "Now step back fifteen paces while I make my toilet," carney commanded, toying with his 6-gun in the way of emphasis.

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
  • His name was Hessler and his rescuer was a trainman named carney.

    The Johnstown Horror James Herbert Walker
  • As carney sat the buckskin outside, he whispered, "Do you get it, Billy—owners up?"

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
British Dictionary definitions for carney

carny1

/ˈkɑːnɪ/
verb -nies, -nying, -nied, -neys, -neying, -neyed
1.
(Brit, informal) to coax or cajole or act in a wheedling manner
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin

carny2

/ˈkɑːnɪ/
noun (US & Canadian, slang) (pl) -nies
1.
short for carnival
2.
a person who works in a carnival
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Word Origin and History for carney

carny

n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for carney

carny

modifier

: carny talk/ a carney family

noun

  1. A carnival
  2. A carnival worker or member of such a worker's family: outdoor show people, the ''carnies,'' who travel from town to town with carnivals
  3. The occupational idiom or jargon of carnival people: I thought you talked carney by now (1930s+)
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