nounarchaic, chiefly derogatory
A composer or seller of ballads: ballad-mongers who plied their pens to eke out a living
More example sentences
- Lord Byron's first attack on the "ballad-monger" Southey did not prevent them from meeting on friendly terms.
- During the early modern period, ballad-mongers and ballad-writers were classified along with actors, beggars, and street peddlers as vagabonds.
- Maidenly honour is tricked into a fatal moment of weakness which the ballad-monger, as though with a sly wink, seems actually to condone.
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