nounarchaic , chiefly derogatory
A composer or seller of ballads: ballad-mongers who plied their pens to eke out a living
More example sentences
- As the profession of bard declined, that of the ballad-monger took its place.
- The Robin Hood created by the ballad-mongers was an adaptation of the medieval outlaw figure to conform to the general conventions of the street ballad.
- The Rogue would put his hand to anything, picking the pockets of poor fools like Perdita's brother, turning ballad-monger or pedlar or pilferer as occasion served.