Definition of costermonger in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒstəmʌŋɡə/


British dated
A person who sells goods, especially fruit and vegetables, from a handcart in the street.
Example sentences
  • It is an Act to prevent obstruction, and I think that its whole scheme shows that it is aimed at barrow-boys, costermongers, hawkers or others who expose goods in the street for sale and offer them for sale at that time.
  • Market barrows, or costermongers, originated in the East End of London and remain a popular scene in places like Victoria Station, Covent Garden and Leather Lane in Holborn.
  • A Cockney costermonger is revealed as the new Earl of Hareford to the consternation of his aristocratic relations.


Early 16th century (denoting an apple seller): from Costard + -monger.

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