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carny 1

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːni/
(also carney)

noun (plural carnies or carneys)

North American informal
1A carnival or funfair: muscular carny men were dismantling the amusement park rides a carny atmosphere
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  • He leaves the carny in order to reach the big time, but his dreams are shattered by a careless performance in front of his first high-level audience.
  • Undeterred, Samson reinvents the carny into a religious revival show with Ben as the star attraction - a healer.
  • Many of the rides are either kid or adult-specific, and the park offers little by way of storytelling, wonder or art, with attractions that you can find in your local travelling carny.
1.1A person who works in a carnival or funfair.
Example sentences
  • In the park, the rides and the midway are quiet, the carnies and hawkers sleep the fitful sleep of those who have no permanent home.
  • I was shooting some video when the carny came over and inquired about the technical specifications of the camera.
  • The carny uses a different sort of design that ensures that no matter which loop you put your finger in, he can always win the bet.

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carny 2 Line breaks: carny
Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːni/
(also carneyˈkɑːni)

adjective (carnier, carniest)

informal or , dialect
Artful; sly: Finley’s carny approach to baseball
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  • I've learned many a carny trick by listening but I've been sworn to secrecy.

Origin

Late 19th century: of unknown origin.

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