Definition of costermonger in English:


Syllabification: cos·ter·mon·ger
Pronunciation: /ˈkästərˌməNGgər, -ˌmäNGgər


British dated
  • A person who sells goods, especially fruit and vegetables, from a handcart in the street.
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    • 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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