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carny

[kahr-nee] /ˈkɑr ni/
noun, plural carnies.
1.
a person employed by a carnival.
2.
carnival (def 1).
adjective
3.
of or pertaining to carnivals:
carny slang.
Also, carney.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; carn(ival) + -y2
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  • In many of them, life can be one cruel ride, but somehow the narrator keeps paying the carny at the door for one more chance.
British Dictionary definitions for carny

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 carny
n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for carny

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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