carny

[kahr-nee] Informal.
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:
1930–35; carn(ival) + -y2

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carny or carney1 (ˈkɑːnɪ)
 
vb , -nies, -nying, -nied, -neys, -neying, -neyed
informal (Brit) to coax or cajole or act in a wheedling manner
 
[C19: of unknown origin]
 
carney or carney1
 
vb
 
[C19: of unknown origin]

carny, carney or carnie2 (ˈkɑːnɪ)
 
n , pl -nies
1.  short for carnival
2.  a person who works in a carnival
 
carney, carney or carnie2
 
n
 
carnie, carney or carnie2
 
n

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