noun, often attributive
car·​ny | \ ˈkär-nē How to pronounce carny (audio) \
variants: or carney or carnie
plural carnies or carneys

Definition of carny

2 : a person who works with a carnival

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Most of all, it’s filled with a carny’s pure joy in his capacity to wow, astonish, and entertain. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "The larger-than-life huckster dialogue of Stan Lee," 13 Nov. 2018 This is a vision of the nation that has been sold to us by a generation of politicians who talk brave and act gutless, and by the carny shills in the employ of the industries of death. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "If Newtown Wasn't Enough, Why Would Las Vegas Be Enough?," 2 Oct. 2017 Barnum displayed physical freaks; psychoanalyst Krafft-Ebing categorized and explained mental freaks; carny Daniel Mannix showed that geeks were just like you and me. Charles Paul Freund, WIRED, "Fear of a Freak Planet," 1 Oct. 2000

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First Known Use of carny

circa 1933, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of carny was circa 1933

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