noun (plural carnies or carneys)North American • informal
- 1A carnival or funfair: muscular carny men were dismantling the amusement park rides a carny atmosphereMore example sentences
- 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.More 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.
(also carney /ˈkɑːni/)
adjective (carnier, carniest)• informal or • dialect
- Artful; sly: Finley’s carny approach to baseballMore example sentences
- I've learned many a carny trick by listening but I've been sworn to secrecy.
late 19th century: of unknown origin.