carny

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkɑː(ɹ)ni/
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  • Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)ni

Etymology 1[edit]

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Noun[edit]

carny (countable and uncountable, plural carnies)

  1. (informal, countable) A person who works in a carnival (often one who uses exaggerated showmanship or fraud).
    • 1961, Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land, New York: Avon, Part , Chapter , p. 276,[1]
      The Reverend Foster, self-ordained—or directly ordained by God, depending on authority cited—had an instinct for the pulse of his times stronger than that of a skilled carnie sizing up a mark.
    • 2012 May 20, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Marge Gets A Job” (season 4, episode 7; originally aired 11/05/1992)”, in The Onion AV Club[2]:
      Bart spies an opportunity to make a quick buck so he channels his inner carny and posits his sinking house as a natural wonder of the world and its inhabitants as freaks, barking to dazzled spectators, “Behold the horrors of the Slanty Shanty! See the twisted creatures that dwell within! Meet Cue-Ball, the man with no hair!”
    Synonym: showie (Australia)
  2. (uncountable) The jargon used by carnival workers.
  3. (informal, countable) A carnival.
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Verb[edit]

carny (third-person singular simple present carnies, present participle carnying, simple past and past participle carnied)

  1. (dialectal) To cajole, wheedle, or coax.

Noun[edit]

carny

  1. (dialectal) Flattery.

References[edit]

  • 1873, John Camden Hotten, The Slang Dictionary

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Lower Sorbian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Slavic *čьrnъ.

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Adjective[edit]

carny

  1. black

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Further reading[edit]

  • carny in Ernst Muka/Mucke (St. Petersburg and Prague 1911–28): Słownik dolnoserbskeje rěcy a jeje narěcow / Wörterbuch der nieder-wendischen Sprache und ihrer Dialekte. Reprinted 2008, Bautzen: Domowina-Verlag
  • carny in Manfred Starosta (1999): Dolnoserbsko-nimski słownik / Niedersorbisch-deutsches Wörterbuch. Bautzen: Domowina-Verlag.