UK [ˈkɒstə(r)ˌmʌŋɡə(r)] / US [ˈkɑstərˌmʌŋɡər] noun [countable]
Word forms "costermonger":
singular costermonger plural costermongers British old-fashioned
someone who sells fruit and vegetables in the street

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  • Costermonger — Cos ter*mon ger (k?s t?r m?n g?r), n. [See {Costard}.] An apple seller; a hawker of, or dealer in, any kind of fruit or vegetables; a fruiterer. [Written also {costardmonger}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • costermonger — 1510s, itinerant apple seller from coster (see COSTARD (Cf. costard)) + MONGER (Cf. monger). Sense extended from apple seller to any salesman who plied his wares from a street cart. Contemptuous use is from Shakespeare ( 2 Henry IV ), but reason… …   Etymology dictionary

  • costermonger — ► NOUN Brit. dated ▪ a person who sells fruit and vegetables from a handcart in the street. ORIGIN from Costard (a type of apple) + MONGER(Cf. ↑ monger) …   English terms dictionary

  • costermonger — [käs′tər muŋ΄gər, kôs′tər muŋ΄gər] n. [Early ModE costardmonger, apple dealer: see COSTARD & MONGER] Brit. a person who sells fruit or vegetables from a cart or street stand: also coster …   English World dictionary

  • Costermonger — The Coster s Mansion, 1899 sheet music Costermonger, or simply Coster, is a street seller of fruit (apples, etc.) and vegetables, in London and other British towns. They were ubiquitous in mid Victorian England, and some are still found in… …   Wikipedia

  • costermonger — noun Etymology: costard + monger Date: 1514 British a hawker of fruit or vegetables …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • costermonger — /kos teuhr mung geuhr, mong , kaw steuhr /, Chiefly Brit. n. 1. Also called coster. a hawker of fruit, vegetables, fish, etc. v.i. 2. to sell fruit, vegetables, fish, etc., from a cart, barrow, or stall in the streets; coster. [1505 15; earlier… …   Universalium

  • costermonger — noun a trader who sells fruit and vegetables from a barrow in the street …   Wiktionary

  • costermonger — cos|ter|mon|ger [ˈkɔstəˌmʌŋgə US ˈka:stərˌma:ŋgər, ˌmʌŋ ] n BrE old fashioned someone who sells fruit and vegetables in the street …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • costermonger — cos·ter·mon·ger || kÉ’stə‚mʌŋgÉ™ n. fruit and vegetables seller who sells from a cart or stand on the street …   English contemporary dictionary

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