costermonger

costermonger

[kos-ter-muhng-ger, -mong-, kaw-ster-] Chiefly British.
noun
1.
Also called coster. a hawker of fruit, vegetables, fish, etc.
verb (used without object)
2.
to sell fruit, vegetables, fish, etc., from a cart, barrow, or stall in the streets; coster.

Origin:
1505–15; earlier costerdmonger. See costard, monger

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costermonger or coster (ˈkɒstəˌmʌŋɡə)
 
n
rare (Brit) a person who sells fruit, vegetables, etc, from a barrow
 
[C16: coster-, from costard + monger]
 
coster or coster
 
n
 
[C16: coster-, from costard + monger]

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costermonger
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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